Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wisconsin Democrats defeat two Republican state senators in recall elections


Wisconsin Democrats picked up two seats in the state Senate after defeating incumbent Republicans in recall elections on Tuesday, falling short of the three seats needed to gain a majority.

Unofficial results show Democratic candidate Jennifer Shilling defeated state Sen. Dan Kapanke and Democratic candidate Jessica King defeated state Sen. Randy Hopper.

Kapanke and Hopper were both considered vulnerable Republicans. They were the first two state senators to have signatures filed against them.

Wisconsin Republican state Sens. Robert Cowles, Sheila Harsdorf, Luther Olsen and Alberta Darling held on to their seats, defeating Democratic challengers Nancy Nusbaum, Shelly Moore, Fred Clark and Sandra Pasch, respectively.

Clark was the first Democrat to challenge Olsen in the senator's more than 16 years as a Wisconsin lawmaker............

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