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Two Democratic recalls can't sway Wis. Senate


MADISON (WKOW) -- The final state senate recall election takes place today.

Two Democratic state senators find out if they keep their seats. If they lose, Republicans could build on their 17-16 majority. Republicans lost two seats in six recalls last week.

Democrat Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie faces attorney Jonathan Steitz of Kenosha.

Democrat Jim Holperin of Conover is up against tea party organizer Kim Simac of Eagle River.

Democrats were targeted for fleeing the state to avoid voting for Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill.

The GOP lost two seats in last week's recall elections, leaving them with only a one-member majority.

In the Northwoods Sunday, Senator Jim Holperin and challenger Kim Simac spent the day talking with voters.

They've only met face to face to debate once.

To that, Holperin said, "I think voters were short changed frankly, that Mrs. Simac was unable to free up time on her calendar."

Simac argued back, "I think that it was a very short cycle, and I don't think that many of the other districts debated that much, and I do believe that had there been more time in the scheduling, we certainly would have sat down again."

Both candidates say they'll get down to business in Madison if they win this race.

Holperin discussed bill he'd introduced earlier in the session, "They have to do with tax breaks for the tourism industry, they have to do with improving our natural resource base in the north, and having better trail access."

Simac said her focus is creating jobs, "Tell Madison to just give us a chance to do what we do best which is: work our fields, work our forests, run our businesses."

Even if both democratic senators win Tuesday, Republicans will still have the majority.

This is the second time Holperin has been targeted for recall. He survived a 1990 attempt tied to his support for tribal spear fishing.

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