Doyle says, "I know how long and tough these campaigns have become and I admire Scott's hard work and perseverance. These are qualities that will serve the citizens of Wisconsin well over the next four years."More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- Conservative Republican Scott Walker rode his tax cut promises to victory over Democrat Tom Barrett in Wisconsin's governor's race.
The seat was open after two-term Democratic incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle decided not to seek a third term.
Walker won on Tuesday despite a strong push by the White House to keep the office in Democratic control. President Barack Obama campaigned and raised money for Barrett.
Walker becomes the first Republican governor in Wisconsin since Scott McCallum in 2002.
The 43-year-old Walker says his tax cut plans will generate economic growth and lead to the creation of 250,000 new jobs.
"You have an ally in the governor's office," Walker told a packed, election night crowd at a Pewaukee hotel.
"Wisconsin is open for business."
Walker told his supporters he considered his victory a mandate for true reform. Walker said he planned to meet Wednesday with the state's budget director in Madison to begin taking steps to address efforts to revitalize the state's economy.
"It was a wonderful experience," said Barrett, shortly after conceding the race. "The way I describe it is I enjoyed the whole thing but the last 15 minutes."
Barrett has two years remaining on his term as Milwaukee's mayor.
"Tomorrow I'm going back to work," he said. "I'm going to continue to fight for jobs, I'm going to continue to fight for education, I'm going to continue to fight for healthcare.
"The fight's not over. As I said on the phone when I talked to Scott Walker, it's important for us to work together, and I really do believe that."
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)
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