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State Sen. Van Wanggaard won't challenge his recall loss

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RACINE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin state Sen. Van Wanggaard will not challenge his loss in last month's recall election, and is conceding the race to his Democratic rival.

Wanggaard, a Republican, lost to John Lehman by 819 votes, or about 1 percent of the nearly 72,000 ballots cast on June 5. Wanggaard demanded a recount, which affirmed his loss.

Wanggaard had until Tuesday to file a challenge. His campaign chose not to, clearing the way for the Government Accountability Board to certify the race Wednesday morning and make the outcome official.

With the win, Democrats will now have a 17-16 edge in the state Senate. However, their majority may be short lived.

Sixteen senators are up for election this fall. Those races will determine which party has control over the next two years.

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