Labor’s Declining Clout Aids Republican Midterm Victories

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at his election night party November 4, 2014 in West Allis, Wisconsin.

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One by one, union-backed candidates fell in states where organized labor made big political investments: Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, even President Barack Obama’s home state, Illinois, where a Republican won the governor’s office for the first time in 16 years.

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