Wisconsin Republicans Recapture State Senate
After losing control of the State Senate earlier this year thanks to recall elections, Wisconsin Republicans promptly won it back yesterday:
Madison – Republicans recaptured the state Senate on Tuesday, once again giving them the complete control of state government that they used to enact sweeping changes in the last legislative session.
But their margin and sway in the upper house remained unclear because of a tight race in east central Wisconsin. Whether Republicans have a one- or two-seat majority in the Senate is pivotal because GOP Sen. Dale Schultz of Richland Center has bucked his party on some key issues. Among the issues Republicans hope to take up in the next two-year session is loosening mining regulations – a proposal Schultz has resisted.
The fight over the Senate comes down to the race between Sen. Jessica King (D-Oshkosh) and Fond du Lac Common Council President Rick Gudex.
With 75% of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Gudex had 53% of the vote. Both sides said the outcome was uncertain because some votes still had not been tallied from Oshkosh, a Democratic stronghold.
Some discussed a potential recount – a possibility that would echo the race for the seat four years ago.
This in a state that the President won by 200,000 votes.