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Special one-hour election edition of Capitol City Sunday on tap for this weekend

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Democratic nominee for Wisconsin Attorney General and the leader of the Wisconsin Senate both give candid interviews in a special one-hour election edition of Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

Accusations of faulty or inept prosecutions are flying back and forth in Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ's (D) race with Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel (R).

The latest comes from the Republican Party of Wisconsin, which accuses Happ of allowing a repeat domestic abuser to avoid jail time in 2012, allowing him to shoot and kill his girlfriend eight months later.

Happ says the sentence of probation included a prohibition on the man owning a firearm, and may call into question the services available to victims of domestic abuse.  Happ points out the victim was still living with her abuser during the time of the murder.

"The fact that we're still having these discussions does show that my opponent is desperate and the comments that he made shows that he'll do anything to win," said Happ.  "And I don't think that's what the voters care about."

While the races for attorney general and governor are getting most of the attention, the battle for the state senate is also close.  But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is confident his party will retain control.

"It just seems to be breaking towards Republicans right now and that's what we're seeing in our polling," said Sen. Fitzgerald.  "But the message we're delivering to our candidates is, you know, we've been good stewards of the state's finances."

Republicans currently hold a 17-15 advantage in the state senate with one seat vacant.

Turnout will likely be the biggest key to who wins the top races, something Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy discusses on the show.

"As long as there's some uncertainty, that's gonna drive turnout up.  And you know, we're easily looking at more than 50 percent," said Kennedy.  "The question is, how high you get above that?  We had a higher turnout in the recall election and I think we're seeing numbers close to that."

The turnout for the 2012 recall election was almost 58 percent, the highest for non-presidential election in Wisconsin.

Political reporters Matt DeFour of the Wisconsin State Journal and Bob Hague of the Wisconsin Radio Network are also on the show to discuss the keys in the race between Gov. Scott Walker and Mary Burke.

The special one-hour election edition of Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW.

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