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Walker, Kleefisch survive recall election in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall election, defeating Democratic challenger Tom Barrett.

Walker is the first governor in American history to stay in office after a recall challenge.

The Republican governor rose to national attention last year after taking on public-sector unions shortly after being sworn in. That fight also triggered the recall and set up a rematch with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was defeated by Walker in 2010.

Walker argued his policies were necessary to confront the state's budget problems.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also faced recall. She defeated Democratic challenger Mahlon Mitchell to keep her post.

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