MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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.
Barrett gained national exposure after he was beaten outside the state fair last year. He will remain the mayor of Milwaukee.
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