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Wis. Republicans win enough seats to keep majority in Senate


MADISON (WKOW) -- With GOP Alberta Darling's win against Democratic challenger Rep. Sandy Pasch, Wisconsin Republicans have held off the Democrats in the recall, winning enough seats to keep the majority in the Senate.

The Associated Press called the final recall election just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Democratic State Rep. Jennifer Shilling defeated Sen. Dan Kapanke with 55 percent of the vote. Democrat Jessica King has defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Randy Hopper.

Sen. Rob Cowles, of Green Bay, declared victory over Democratic challenger Nancy Nusbaum, with 58 percent of the vote. Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, defeated Shelly Moore, with 58 percent of the vote. Sen. Luther Olsen, of Ripon, overcame Democratic Rep. Fred Clarke with 54 percent of the vote.

Democratic senators Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch face recall on Tuesday, August 16.

The recalls were spurred over anger related to Gov. Scott Walker's bill taking away most union rights from nearly all public workers.

More than $30 million were spent on the recall races, the largest concentrated attempt to force incumbent state lawmakers from office in U.S. history.

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