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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Burke concedes, vows Dems will 'get right back up'

MADISON -- Democrat Mary Burke said in her speech conceding the guv's race to Republican Scott Walker that it's okay if the loss “feels a little like getting knocked down,” but vowed “we're going to dust ourselves off and get right back up.”

Burke said what matter most are “the values we hold near and dear.”

Burke said all Wisconsinites deserve a “fair shot” and stressed the importance of public education, affordable higher education, equal pay for women, an increased minimum wage, a strong middle class and protecting the right for women to make their own health decisions.

Burke said that she and Walker may not agree on much, and then with a laugh, conceded “okay not much at all.”

But she said when anyone runs for office they open themselves up to scrutiny and make sacrifices.

“For this, he has my respect,” she said of Walker.

Following the speech, the TVs around the Overture Center flipped from election coverage to a still shot of Burke's campaign logo and the event quickly wound down.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said he "would like to see the Wisconsin state government working again," lamenting that the election could have been a catalyst for bipartisanship in the state.

Madison Ald. Scott Resnick, meanwhile, predicted a second Walker term would result in more municipal cuts, and said although Burke won by a larger margin among UW-Madison students, "preliminary results show lower student turnout than in 2010."

- By David Wise and Briana Reily


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