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I just received the following e-mail today from Sandy Pasch.

The entire e-mail is below the fold:

Tuesday night was historic.  Never before in the history of Wisconsin - or the nation - has a recall effort of this size and magnitude ever been organized.

This recall effort, a grassroots movement to fight the most divisive agenda our state has ever faced, started with you.  It started when you stood up to the unprecedented attack on our shared values in February, and while it’s August, you haven’t stopped.

You rallied together; you braved a frigid Wisconsin winter, in snow, in rain and sleet, and collected over 30,000 signatures from all across our district.

This campaign and the grassroots movement that began on our frigid streets and continued into the summer months saw people pour their heart and soul into this movement.
That's why we must continue our fight to get our state back on track – a track that truly embodies our shared values and priorities.

I am so inspired by all of the hard work and dedication that went into this race by an incredible group of volunteers.  For weeks, our office buzzed with excitement, with hundreds of volunteers from across the district stopping in to make phone calls, knock on doors, or answer phones.

In the end, Tuesday night was a victory.  Congratulations to our new senators, Jen Shilling and Jess King, who won hard fought races and will fight to restore our Wisconsin values to the state Senate.  They are why we are even more energized as we move forward.

This fight is far from over, and I have been so proud to work alongside so many dedicated community members.  Thank you deeply for your dedication, hard work and passion.


Sandy Pasch

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    "...a people made morbidly obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions and be skeptical" - Bill Moyers

    by legendmn on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 03:00:38 PM PDT

  •  Dear Sandy, (5+ / 0-)

    If you don't already have plans for the next thirteen months...

    Yes, there is a correlation between President Barack Obama and Neville Chamberlain. Both have brought us "peas in our time."

    by Jonathan Hoag on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 03:05:20 PM PDT

  •  Nice job, Sandy. Very impressive.-nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  This was our last chance to beat Darling (0+ / 0-)

    My district, SD 8 is so red that Alberta can remain in office for 40 years if she chooses.  Yes, I am bitter.
    I need to look more closely at the results---but my feeling is something is very wrong.  The ground game we had was exceptionally strong.  As strong as the Obama campaign at it's best.  Many people who had been Republicans said they were on Sandy's side, and we had standing room only election sites in the Dem districts.  My highly Republican district was steady, but not standing room only.

    •   Turnout in Milwaukee a problem for Pasch (0+ / 0-)

      This was part of the problem with Pasch losing.

      Turnout in Milwaukee a problem for Pasch

      Voters in the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee didn’t show up like they have in past elections.  In Tuesday’s election there were 5,912 votes case there, with 4,666 going to Pasch. The total mimics the April Supreme court race where 4,528 votes were cast, with candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg collecting 3,120 votes.

      However, in the 2010 gubernatorial race there were 6,760 votes cast in the district, with 5,128 going to Democrat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. And 10,361 votes were cast in the 2008 presidential election, when then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama took 8,525 votes.

      Pasch also easily carried another stronghold in Shorewood where 4,582 of the 6,212  votes cast went for her. The turnout was slightly higher than the Supreme Court race total of 5,532 votes cast, but short of the 6,781 votes tallied in the governor’s race and 8,817 cast in the 2008 presidential election.

      Darling also saw some declines in turnout in areas that staunchly support her. In Tuesday’s race there were 8,350 votes cast in Germantown with 6,030 going to Darling. That’s up from the 6,105 votes cast in the Supreme Court race where Justice David Prosser took 4,595 of those, but down from the 9,419 cast in the 2010 gubernatorial race and down from the 12,051 votes cast in the 2008 presidential election.

      Menomonee Falls continued to be a strong district for Darling, but Democrats had a better performance there than in recent elections. Pasch collected 34 percent of the 11,663 votes cast there Tuesday.  In comparison, Kloppenburg  only got 28 percent of the vote in April and Barrett got 31 percent of the vote last year.

      It was the best result for a Democrat in the Falls since Obama took 39 percent of the vote in 2008.

      Fox Point is continuing its trend of swinging  left to right politically the past several election cycles, after Pasch eked out a victory there Tuesday. Of the 3,526 votes cast in that municipality, Pasch picked up 1,843 votes to Darling’s  1,683 votes. Prosser won Fox Point with 1,537 votes out of 2,979 cast there. The district swung Democrat in the 2010 governor’s race and the 2008 presidential race.

      •  Isn't Menominee Falls (0+ / 0-)

        blue collar? I know what Germantown is like, and I can see what you're saying about Fox Point. What about Whitefish Bay, Shorewood etc. ? Did the fact that there weren't many students in town do anything to the turnout there?

        •  Yes. See below (0+ / 0-)

          and also see very useful analyses at, especially about turnout -- as it turns out that the turnout was excellent, especially in Pasch's areas.  But it also was high among Republicans in the Darling strongholds.

          "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

          by Cream City on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 12:40:32 PM PDT

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      •  Milwaukee = county? city? (0+ / 0-)

        Only a handful of blocks in the city are in the 8th district.

        As for the county, almost every burb -- as you say, Shorewood and Fox Point, plus Whitefish Bay, Glendale, etc. -- except for Darling's River Hills did go for Pasch, and with great turnouts for a summer election, quite unusual and cutting down greatly on the number of students to vote, as most are in those blocks in the city of Milwaukee.

        The other burb you cite is, of course, not in Milwaukee.  Menominee Falls is in Waukesha County.

        And most of the district is in Ozaukee and Washington counties, almost as red as Waukesha County.  Nothing that Milwaukee could do about that.

        "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

        by Cream City on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 12:39:03 PM PDT

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