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Walker talks to reporters for the first time since his lossSubmitted: 11/15/2018
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says in his first comments to reporters since his election defeat that "We're not going to retreat. The state of Wisconsin is not going to go backwards."

Walker also said Thursday that he's open to Republican proposals to move the date of the 2020 presidential primary and change membership of some state boards and commissions.

Walker says he doesn't know what he plans to do after leaving office in January. He says his record of enacting a host of conservative reforms may have worked against him. He says, "I may have reformed myself out of a job."

Democrat Tony Evers narrowly defeated Walker.

Story By: Associated Press

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