Latest Round Of Wisconsin Recalls Goes To The Democrats

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 11:49 am

Both of the Democratic Wisconsin state senators up for recall elections this week have survived.

The Democrats targeted in Tuesday’s election were among the 14 senators who fled the state in February in opposition to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal curbing public employee collective bargaining rights.

Both won in recalls against Republican challengers.

Democratic Sen. Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie defeated Kenosha attorney Jonathan Steitz. Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover beat tea party Republican Kim Simac of Eagle River.

This means Wisconsin Democrats have fallen just short of regaining a Senate majority in this summer’s recall elections.

The GOP’s hold on the chamber is now just a one member margin of 17-16.

All told, Republicans lost two seats in the state Senate through the recalls. More than $40 million was estimated to have been spent, most of it pouring in from national unions and independent conservative groups.

The Democrats are still believed to be targeting Gov. Walker for a recall during the big elections of 2012.

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