Governor's Race: Barrett Concedes
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MILWAUKEE - The Tom Barrett campaign has conceded the governor's race to Republican Scott Walker.
"About 5 minutes ago, I called Scott Walker and congratulated him on becoming the next governor of the State of Wisconsin," said Barrett in a concession speech.
"The voters have spoken, and I respect the voters of the state of Wisconsin and I honor their decision. But I want everyone to know I have never stopped believing in the state of Wisconsin, and I never will stop believing in the state of Wisconsin. And that is what our collective challenge is tonight."
Barrett, the Democratic candidate for Governor, was trailing in most polls entering Election Day, but he believed that higher than expected turnout would help him clinch a victory.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett criss-crossed the state today to rally voters and thank his volunteers.
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It's the second day in a row that Barrett has made stops across the state in a last minute effort to get out the vote.
Following his huge rally at state fair park last night, Barrett headed to Wausau and Green Bay Tuesday morning, where he joined running mate Tom Nelson.
He then rallied the student vote in Madison.
"As we talked to people we feel a lot of enthusiasm, and I think what happened is that the Democrats just take their caffeine a little later," quipped Barrett.
Barrett voted last week so he could campaign all day today.
He and Nelson believe the nice weather means higher than expected voter turnout, something they say will help their campaign.
"We're really excited," said Nelson.
"I think we're really beating the predictions right now. I think there's good voter turnout across the state and what we've learned from the past is that when there's high voter turn out Democrats do well, so we're really excited about this."