Incumbent state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf said her resounding win in the Tuesday, Aug. 9, recall election was not her victory, but a victory for the many thousands of people who refused to be influenced by the outside special interest groups that she claimed financed her opponent Shelly Moore.
"This sends a strong message...What this election reaffirms is that people really wanted us to get our fiscal house in order," Harsdorf said, adding: "Obviously the nation is watching to see if we can be successful in taking on the special interests and reforming how government operates."
At 9:50 p.m. election night, Harsdorf claimed victory in the District 10 race. By the time districtwide totals were reported at about 10:30 p.m., Harsdorf led by nearly 10,000 votes.
District totals were 37,099 for Harsdorf and 27,250 for Moore.
"Today we proved that leaders can do what the people elected them to do: get our fiscal house in order and reform government and win with the strong support of the silent majority that yearns for strong leadership," said Harsdorf. "As the whole nation watched, western Wisconsin did not back down."
She added, "I am so proud of the people that selflessly gave their time, energy and resources to stand up to this recall campaign. It is an honor to be in the State Senate, and I look forward to getting back to work, working with my colleagues, and most importantly, to do what the citizens of western Wisconsin expect and deserve."
The unofficial final results by county were:
St. Croix: Harsdorf, 18,064; Moore, 11,780
Pierce: Harsdorf, 6,014; Moore, 5,207
Dunn: Harsdorf, 2,377; Moore, 3,011
Polk: Harsdorf, 8,376; Moore, 5,833
Burnett: Harsdorf, 2,268; Moore, 1,419