Recounts loom in handful of Wis. legislative races
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans couldn’t deliver Wisconsin for Mitt Romney or put former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson in the U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s elections, but they still had a huge night by seizing the majority in the state Senate and retaking control of state government.
The GOP erased the narrow majority Democrats established in the Senate during the June recalls and easily held on to their advantage in the Assembly. With Republican Gov. Scott Walker in office for at least another two years, the GOP has carte blanche control of state government again.
The only question now is just how powerful the Republicans will be.
Unofficial election results showed the GOP with a 57-39 majority in the Assembly and three races too close to call. The party gained a 17-16 majority in the Senate with one race too close to call. None of the four trailing candidates have conceded, setting the stage for potential recounts.
The Assembly races’ final outcomes won’t change the big picture there. Republicans will still enjoy a huge advantage in the chamber.
The final math in the Senate, though, could make a difference in whether the GOP can advance more contentious proposals.
A two-person advantage would allow GOP leaders to bypass moderate Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center. GOP leaders have been upset with Schultz since sided with Democrats last year against Walker’s signature plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.