Scott Walker survives recall, but Democrats take state Senate
Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 07:45 AM PDT
by David Nir
• WI-Gov, WI-LG, WI Recall: Democrats were dealt a big defeat in Wisconsin, where Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett failed to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the recall election, losing by a 53-46 margin. GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also held on, prevailing over firefighter union chief Mahlon Mitchell 53-47. The state Senate recalls, however, offered one definite bright spot for Dems: In SD-21, former state Sen. John Lehman narrowly beat the man who sent him to a loss in 2010, state Sen. Van Wanggaard. (Three other Democratic challengers were turned back by sizable margins.) Lehman's victory gives Democrats a majority of seats in the chamber, though the legislature is not scheduled to meet again until next year—that is, after the November elections in which control of the body will once again be up for grabs.
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