Spending in Wisconsin recall election topped $80 million

More than $80 million was spent on the recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), according to a new report from the non-partisan watchdog Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, more than doubling the previous record for the cost of a gubernatorial race in the state.

Walker and his allies outspent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) and his allies by $58.7 million to $22 million, a nearly three to one margin. Walker won the race by a seven-point margin. Democrats argued after the results that they'd lost because of the heavy spending on the race.

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When the other recall elections are added in, total spending on elections in the state topped $137 million.