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UPDATE: Sen. Van Wanggaard requests recount for recall election

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- State Senator Van Wanggaard has asked election officials for a recount in the June 5 recall election.

An official canvass this week showed Wanggaard trailing his Democratic challenger, John Lehman, by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent.

The Racine Republican released a statement Friday requesting for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board to count the votes again. 

Currently, the state Senate has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans. The winner of Wanggaard's race will give his party majority control.

If the recount reverses the outcome, the loss by Lehman would be the end to the Democrats recall effort.

Click here to read Sen. Wanggaard's complete statement.

 

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) --  Friday is the last day State Senator Van Wanggaard can ask for a recount in last week's recall election. The majority party in the state Senate depends on the outcome.

The Racine Republican has until 5 p.m. on Friday to request a recount.

An official canvass this week found Wanggaard trails his Democratic challenger by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent.

Wanggaard's campaign has said it wants to keep its options open, even though Democrats have called on Wanggaard to concede, saying a recount would only delay the inevitable.

The state Senate is currently split 16-16. The winner of Wanggaard's race will give his party majority control.

However, the victory would just be largely symbolic. The Legislature isn't expected to convene again until January, and the November elections could cause power to shift again.

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