Wisconsin Republicans Hold On

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Wisconsin held its first round of recall elections last night and Republicans narrowly maintained majority control (17-16) of the State Senate. With high turnout reported in all six races, Senators Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay), Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) all prevailed and retain their Senate seats. Senator Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) was defeated by current Assembly Representative Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) was defeated by challenger Jessica King of Oshkosh. Next week, two recalled Democratic Senators face their challengers, with Senator Jim Holperin (D-Conover) facing Republican Kim Simac of Eagle River and Senator Bob Wirch (D-Kenosha) facing Republican Jonathan Steitz of Pleasant Prairie. Current indications are that both Democrats will prevail. If that holds true, current Majority Leader Fitzgerald will have a razor thin 17-16 majority until the November 2012 elections.

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