10:16 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
Tuesday's vote in Wisconsin could have implications for political campaigns in Virginia and across the nation.
Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker survived a recall vote, beating his Democratic opponent with 53 percent of the vote. Hollins University Political Science Professor Ed Lynch says Walker was rewarded for his strong stands, and Lynch believes the results will encourage other Republicans to take political risks.
"You know we see some of this in Virginia as well," Lynch told WDBJ7. "Bob McDonnell took some very controversial stands particularly on reproductive rights this past session. He's still the most popular politician in the state, and that seems that's where the American people are right now. Do what we elected you to do, take the tough stands and face the consequences."
Lynch says Virginia campaigns will also be looking closely at the Republicans' get out the vote effort in Wisconsin, an election day operation that has traditionally favored Democrats in that state.
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