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Lehman claims victory in Senate race; Wanggaard won't concede

MADISON (WKOW) -- Democrat John Lehman claims he won the 21st District Senate race in the recall election, but the race is still too close to call.

The Associated Press reports with all the precincts reporting, Lehman is ahead 51 percent to 49 pervent, but that's only a difference of fewer than 800 votes. Incumbent Republican Van Wanggaard refuses to concede, telling WISN in Milwaukee he will review the votes early Wednesday.

Tuesday night, Lehman told supporters, "All the vote totals are in now. It's clear that we won the 21st Senate District."

Wanggaard said Tuesday night, "At this point what we are going to do, we are going to wait until we see what the official numbers are. There were still a couple that weren't in yet and we are going to see what our options are in the morning."

If Lehman is declared the winner, Democrats would gain a one-seat majority in the Senate. Senator Mark Miller, the Senate Democratic Leader, sent out a news release early Wednesday morning, already declaring himself the Senate Majority Leader and congratulating Lehman on his victory. In a statement, Senator Miller says, "Tonight, Wisconsinites across the 21st Senate District elected a new State Senator. By electing a Democratic Senate, the people of Wisconsin have opened the door to responsible dialogue and if needed provide a bulwark against continued political extremism, and restored checks and balances to the Wisconsin Legislature.  I look forward to working again with Senator-elect Lehman in the State Senate in the coming months."

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