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UPDATE: Canvass: Lehman added to lead in 21st Senate District race

RACINE (WKOW) -- Racine County officials say their vote canvass shows that Democrat John Lehman picked up additional votes in his recall challenge against Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard. 

The canvass Tuesday found that Lehman picked up 55 votes, extending his unofficial lead over the Republican incumbent to 834 votes.

Lehman had 36,351 votes, or 50.6 percent, while Wanggaard received 35,517 votes, or 49.4 percent.

The canvass isn't official until the state Government Accountability Board certifies the results. That's expected to take place next week.

Dan Romportl with the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate says Wanggaard will decide by the end of the week whether to request a recount.

Brad Wojciechowski, spokesman for the State Senate Democratic Committee, says Sen. Wanggaard should take the high road and concede immediately.


RACINE (WKOW) -- Officials in Racine County have started the process of canvassing the results of last week's recall race between incumbent state Sen. Van Wanggaard and Democratic challenger John Lehman.

Unofficial results show Lehman leading the Republican incumbent by just under 800 votes.

The county clerk's office began canvassing the results Tuesday morning. Officials expected to finish up before noon.

The outcome is being closely watched because the Senate is split 16-16, and the winner's party will take majority control.

Lehman is a former history teacher who held the 21st Senate seat until Wanggaard defeated him in 2010. He has proclaimed himself the winner and his fellow Democrats lined up behind him.

But Sen. Wanggaard has refused to concede. The former police investigator says his supporters want him to seek a recount.

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