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Voter angst over economy helps Johnson, Walker win

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican Ron Johnson is headed to the U.S. Senate and Scott Walker is the next governor thanks to Wisconsin voters' worries about the economy.

Results from an Associated Press exit poll show that Johnson and Walker drew support from independents and voters whose financial situations worsened in the past two years.

Johnson defeated veteran Democratic Senator Russ Feingold and Walker beat Democratic opponent Tom Barrett, Milwaukee's mayor.

Three in five voters said the economy was the most important issue facing the country.

Walker and Johnson carried voters who supported the tea party; Feingold and Barrett had significant support from those who strongly disapproved of the movement.

The survey of more than 2,194 Wisconsin voters was conducted by Edison Research.

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