Barrett re-elected as Milwaukee mayor; up to two elections to go in '12

Barrett re-elected as Milwaukee mayor; up to two elections to go in '12

By The Associated Press and the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Apr 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 4, 2012

MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has cruised to victory in his re-election bid, winning another four-year term.

However, Barrett may have up to two elections left to win by the end of spring 2012, both involving a recall election for Governor.

"I stand before you tonight as a person who has brought the city together.  Now it's our challenge to bring this state together," said Barrett on Tuesday evening.

"The last 15 months under the leadership of Scott Walker, this state has lost more jobs than any other state in the country."

Unofficial returns showed the Democratic mayor defeated challenger Edward McDonald on Tuesday by about 70 percent to 30 percent. McDonald is a University of Wisconsin Extension faculty member.

Barrett's win wasn't all that surprising, given his strong cash advantage. The latest campaign finance filings showed Barrett had nearly $436,000 cash on hand compared with just $424 for McDonald.

Barrett was re-elected despite announcing last week that he plans to run in the recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Barrett faced off against Walker in 2010 and lost by 5 percentage points.

But for Barrett to get a rematch this year, he'd have to win a likely Democratic primary next month. Three other Democrats have said they're running.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson reports that Barrett plans to split his time between his mayor's job and running for governor.