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Many Wis. legislators not seeking re-election

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin residents can expect to see many new faces in the state Legislature after the November election.

This year, 20 lawmakers have filed notices stating they will not seek re-election. It's not unusual for lawmakers to quit after each session, but this year's dropout total is nearly twice as large as each of the last two elections.

Political experts say the constant partisan conflict at the state Capitol is taking its toll.

Still, University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin says the retirements probably won't change the balance of power by themselves. Many of the retirees have held their seats for years, signaling their districts support their party.

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