GOP wins 4 of 6 recall races, keeps control of Senate
The closest race, and the last one to be called, involved Republican Alberta Darling and Democratic challenger Sandra Pasch. Darling declared victory after midnight, with a few precincts still uncounted. She ended up with about 54% of the vote.
Darling had been a major target of the recall effort because of her role in rewriting the new state budget.
Oshkosh Democrat Jessica King defeated Republican state Sen. Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac in their race. King had lost to Hopper by less than 200 votes when they ran against one another in 2008. She won by about a 1,200-vote margin this time.
Democrats picked up a win in the 32nd Senate District over Republican Senator Dan Kapanke of La Crosse. Democratic State Rep. Jennifer Shilling defeated Kapanke with about 55% of the vote. Shilling has been in the Assembly since 2001.
Incumbent Republican Luther Olsen of Ripon defeated Democrat Fred Clark of Baraboo. Olsen received about 52% of the vote in that race. Olsen is chairman of the Senate Education Committee and has been in the senate since 2004.
Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf cruised to victory over her Democratic opponent, Shelley Moore. Harsdorf won 58% of the vote in that race.
Moore is a teacher and former teachers' union leader. Harsdorf has held her seat since 2000. Before that, she was in the Assembly from 1988 to 1996.
Republican Senator Rob Cowles of Allouez also won a victory in his recall race. Cowles had 60% of the votes cast to defeat Democrat Nancy Nusbaum.