Six seats up for recall. The Dems won 2, the GOP held onto 4. The Republicans will maintain the majority.
Republicans are holding onto control of the Wisconsin Senate.
Republicans beat back four Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s recall election despite an intense political backlash against GOP support for Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to curb public employees’ union rights.
Two Democratic incumbents face recalls next week, but even if Democrats win those they will still be in the minority.
More than $30 million were spent on the recall races, the largest concentrated attempt to force incumbent state lawmakers from office in U.S. history.
$30 million dollars. That’s a whole lotta union dues.
My Senator, Dan Kapanke, was one of the GOP losers. He was considered the most vulnerable. This is a purplish-blue area. Kapanke managed to keep getting re-elected because he was liked personally. He would show up at liberal events and talk to people, pound the pavement, knock on the same door sometimes three times an election cycle, etc… I talked to one woman who hated all Republicans but voted for him, so… yeah. But after he voted for Walker’s budget reform bill, that changed. He lost the blueish ones that kept him in his seat. And a lot of teachers were out for blood.
Nice guy. Hate to see him go. I feel bad for the guy having to run for office twice and finally losing, but I’m proud that he stuck to his guns. It got ugly for awhile. He kept on going to the liberal, liberal places even when they hated his guts and often spoke while they stood protesting with signs right next to him, right in his face.
Anyway, we held onto the Senate. Recalling Walker seems like quite the long shot, especially since we’re starting to see some fruits of his reforms, and they ain’t too shabby. There’s another recall election coming up. Two Democrats are up for recall because they ran away to Illinois. We’ll see how that goes.Tweet