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Wisconsin recall: US media views

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wins the recall election in Waukesha, Wisconsin 5 June 2012
Image caption Scott Walker ran as a reforming candidate, pledging to balance budgets and change the way the state is run

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has survived a rare recall election, becoming the first governor in US history to do so.

Some analysts have suggested the victory could put Wisconsin, a state Barack Obama won by a wide margin in 2008, into play as a swing state in November's presidential election.

Other pundits have discussed the role of out-of-state funds in the race, and what the loss means for the power of public sector unions - which strongly opposed Mr Walker.

Melanie Trottman, writing for the Wall Street Journal , says the Republican victory could eventually hurt Democrats by weakening the political muscle of organised labour.

"The shift could hit union membership across the country and weaken labor's ability to raise money that is a significant source of Democratic political funding."

Meanwhile, liberal commentator Michael Tomasky writes in the Daily Beast that despite the Republican victory on Tuesday, Wisconsin remains a Democratic state - and not a battleground - when it comes to presidential politics.

"If ever there was a day in the history of Wisconsin polling that should have shown Romney within spitting distance of Obama - or even ahead, given the obviously massive pro-Walker turnout- it should have been yesterday... Instead, the same electorate that gave Walker this huge win said it would re-elect the president handily."

The New Yorker's Alex Koppelman says the implications of Wisconsin's election for the presidential race are neither as great as some Republicans suggest, nor as trivial as some Democrats imply.

"But the amount of money that Walker and his supporters raised, the amount of enthusiasm they inspired, and the successful campaign they ran will all have Obama's advisers sleeping a little less comfortably in the weeks to come."

For ABC News, Amy Walter says the poll in Wisconsin hinged on voters' perception of the economy and noted that they are likely to reward candidates for good economic performance.

"Walker didn't run as the guy who got rid of collective bargaining in the state of Wisconsin. Instead, he ran as a reformer. He ran as the guy who got rid of the state deficit and got the Wisconsin economy back on track."

Writing for Politico, Glenn Thrush argues that the biggest lesson to be learned from the recall vote in Wisconsin is how much money matters.

"There's really only one story in Wisconsin, though you wouldn't know it from the high paragraphs of most news analyses. It's M-O-N-E-Y. Cash doesn't talk in 2012, it shouts, and Wisconsin was a sonic boom that's breaking glass in Chicago."