Unions Dealt Major Blow in Wis. Recall Election

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After surviving Tuesday's recall election, fans of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker say he can now lay claim to a new title: conservative hero.

"Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions," Walker told supporters Tuesday.

His win has some wondering if the results will carry over to the national races.

Click play to watch David Brody's updated report followed by comments from Bill Frezza, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Unions Suffer Crushing Defeat

Tuesday's outcome was a major defeat for the state's unions. Walker's budget cutting left them with fewer benefits and less power.

"We wanted a different outcome, but Wisconsin forced the governor to answer for his efforts to divide the state and punish hard-working people," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a brief statement.

Walker's opponent, Mayor Tom Barrett, sought to offer his supporters encouragement after Tuesday's defeat.

"To those of you who fought, who obtained signatures, who stood out in the cold -- never ever stop doing what you think is right," he said.

Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president of Regent University, discussed the national implication's of Walker's victory, on CBN News Channel Morning News. Watch below.

Conservatives from all over the country poured in support as a way to stand with a governor who tackled his state's budget problems, despite attempts by the unions to retain costly benefits at the taxpayers' expense.

Prior to the election, Walker told CBN News that losing his seat would be worth the fight.

"Unfortunately, I think there are too many politicians in America today who make the decision solely in the end about whether or not they run the risk of losing," he said. "And to me, that's one of our problems. You can't be afraid to lose."

A Coup for the Tea Party

The Tea Party movement helped to push Walker to victory. For nearly a year, members traveled to Wisconsin to stump for the embattled governor. It translated nicely as turnout ended up being close to 70 percent.

Another factor in Walker's triumph was that voters saw economic improvement, including falling unemployment, a budget surplus, and 30,000 new jobs in the last few months.

The only sliver of good news for Democrats in Tuesday's election is that exit polls showed Wisconsin voters picking President Obama over GOP nominee Mitt Romney 51-45 percent.

But after Walker's big night, that's just a blip on the radar.

"The message of the recall and hopefully his victory in the recall is that the public will reward you for difficult steps in the short run if you can demonstrate progress and you can demonstrate that things will be better in the long run," GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli said.

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