After a long and expensive campaign, Republican Governor Scott Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to retain the governorship in Wisconsin's recall election.

Republicans cheered on the win, with GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney calling it "a signal" of conservative support.

After congratulating Walker, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin used the election to blast union leadership for what she called a misguided effort to trick members into supporting big government.

"Perhaps it's those union leaders that need to be recalled and replaced," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "Wisconsin voters are sick and tired of the division that has been called by the radical left."

Below, a round-up of other reactions to Walker's recall win:

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  • Sarah Palin

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin congratulated Scott Walker Tuesday evening on Fox News. She thanked Walker for "embracing austerity and fiscal responsibility." "Perhaps it's those union leaders that need to be recalled and replaced," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "Wisconsin voters are sick and tired of the division that has been called by the radical left." Palin had no sympathy to offer for Democratic candidate Tom Barrett after his loss. "Not an ounce of sympathy or empathy for someone was trying to fool the public into growing government was the solution to our nation's challenges."

  • John Boehner

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that Walker's victory in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall effort is proof that people around the country want less government in their lives. "Walker's victory shows that "the American people have had it with big government," Boehner <a href="" target="_hplink">told reporters</a>. People are tired of "high taxes and a regulatory system that knows no bounds. And they want elected officials to take control of the situation so American job creators can go back to doing what they do best: creating jobs." "I think Wisconsin's election shows that when you listen to the people of your jurisdiction, or in the case of Governor Walker, when you listen to the people of Wisconsin and you follow their will, they're going to stand behind you," Boehner said.

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson

    Rev. Jesse Jackson compared Walker to anti-civil rights and segregationist George Wallace, former governor of Alabama. "Wallace tried to deny the right to vote and Walker's trying to limit access to voting with the voter ID scheme and the roll purging," Jackson <a href="" target="_hplink"> told Politico</a>. "What happened in the south with Wallace as the governor of Alabama, it symbolized the Southern Manifesto: the resistance to voting and the resistance for workers right to organize... What's happening in Wisconsin is an attempt to revert to that time." "It is an all-out assault on workers' right to collective bargaining, attack on voter rights access, attack on the poor. It amounts to tax cuts for the wealthy and job cuts for the workers and more pain for the very poor. That's what this governor represents," Jackson said. "This is a typical southern strategy... Wallace represented the anti-civil rights, anti-social rights, anti-women agenda."

  • Mitt Romney

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday that the result of Wisconsin's recall election on Tuesday "will echo throughout the country." Romney made the remark at a fundraiser in San Antonio, Texas. Below, the rest of Romney's statement on the recall outcome: <blockquote>"My optimism about the country comes in part from the fact that I'm optimistic about the ability of the American people to do the right thing right now. And I say that because of this. What happened yesterday is just another signal -- and it will echo throughout the country. What you're seeing is the people in Wisconsin -- and it tends to be a blue state in presidential elections -- we don't win a lot in Wisconsin, the last time we won in Wisconsin was 1984. It's been blue voting for president ever since. What happened yesterday was people looked at the Republican governor -- a conservative -- and even though they may have been [D]emocrat or independent they looked at the record of a strong conservative who cut back on the size of government, who help[ed bring] down taxes, who said we have to reform, in this case public sector unions that have asked for too much, and then he went to the polls. There have I believe three in history -- recall elections for governors. Two of them lost, yesterday's was won by the people of Wisconsin doing the right thing and voting for conservative principles."</blockquote>

  • Reince Priebus

  • Mitt Romney

  • Gov. Bobby Jindal

  • The RGA

  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler

  • Steve King

  • Rick Santorum

  • Brett Doster

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