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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Strong support from independents and white men helped Republican candidate Scott Walker defeat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to become Wisconsin's next governor.

That is according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary exit poll results.

Walker also was supported by voters who are worse off financially than they were two years ago and those living in suburbs and rural areas. Tea party supporters also voted for him overwhelmingly.

Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, lost to Barrett in Milwaukee County.

Wisconsin voters mirrored the national sentiment, with three in five saying the economy was the most important issue facing the country and one in five saying health care was most important.

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Raw Video:
Johnson's Victory Speech
Walker's Victory Speech
Feingold's Concession Speech
Barrett's Concession Speech

Governor's Race: 
Walker Beats Barrett
Barrett Concedes

U.S. Senate Race:
Johnson Defeats Feingold
Feingold Concedes

U.S. House of Representative Races:
Baldwin Wins Re-Election
Duffy Takes Obey's Seat
Kind Wins Tight Race
Gwen Moore Keeps Seat
Petri Wins Re-Election
Ribble Unseats Kagen
Ryan Easily Re-Elected
Sensenbrenner Re-Elected

Other Races: 
State Senate: Vukmir Beats Sullivan
State Senate: Majority Leader Decker Ousted
State Assembly: Assembly Leader Sheridan Loses
Milwaukee County Sheriff: Clarke Easily Wins
Attorney General: Van Hollen Keeps Job
State Treasurer: Schuller Defeats Sass
Secretary of State: La Follette Re-Elected

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