Darling Declared Winner Over Pasch In District 8, Making It Republicans 4, Dems 2
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (08/10/2011) - Four Republicans have won back their seats in the Wisconsin State Senate Recall Races that took place yesterday, August 9th. However, two Republicans in other districts have lost their seats to Democrats who challenged them in the recalls. The latest results now show Republican Alberta Darling the winner in the Milwaukee Suburb, Senate District 8, which includes part of Waukesha County, according to statistics posted by the Associated Press. The AP declared Darling (54 percent) the unofficial winner over Sandy Pasch (46 percent).
Incumbent Republicans regained the State Senate seat in District, 2, where Senator Robert Cowles was victorious over challenger Nancy Nusbaum.
Incumbent Republican Sheila Harsdorf is the apparent winner against challenger, Democrat Shelly Moore, in another Senate District, and Republican Luther Olsen of Ripon, the birthplace of the national Republican Party, is the unofficial winner against challenger, Democratic state Rep. Fred Clark's 46 percent.
One of the highest-spending races was in the north Milwaukee suburbs (District 8), where Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch challenged Sen. Alberta Darling, a 19-year incumbent. Darling, co-chair of the legislature's budget writing panel, was a key target for unions. That race was too close to call until after midnight (CDT).
Candidate for Wisconsin's 18th state Senate district Jessica King stood up to corporate special interests and third party attacks, winning the August 9th recall election.
"It is an honor to have the support of the people of the 18th state Senate district," said Senator-elect King. "I look forward to going to Madison to stand up for the working families, seniors and students of Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Blackwolf, Waupun and all across the 18th district. Their voices will be once again heard."
A Democratic Party spokesperson says Representative Jennifer Shilling surpassed all expectations in the State Senate Recall of Republican Senator Dan Kapanke. Voters of the 32nd state Senate district rejected what is being called the extreme policies of Dan Kapanke and Governor Walker to elect a common sense leader who stands up for the Coulee region's best interests.
"I'm proud to have the support of the people of the 32nd state Senate district," said Senator-elect Shilling. "I look forward to joining with my fellow newly elected and current Senators to find balance in Madison's legislative agenda. Working, middle class families, students and seniors will be my first priority as your newly elected state Senator."
Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement on Senator-elect Jennifer Shilling’s victory over Republican Senator Dan Kapanke in the 32nd Senate District.
“Congratulations to Senator-elect Jennifer Shilling on her resounding victory for the working families of the 32nd Senate District", Barca said.
"As a State Representative in the Assembly, Senator-elect Shilling was one of the strongest voices for workers and families on the Joint Finance Committee and she played a major role in exposing Gov. Walker’s assault on Wisconsin’s values," Barca continued.
"While her leadership will be missed in the Assembly, I know she will be a tremendous Senator and that she will fight non-stop to create good-paying jobs for her constituents and restore our shared Wisconsin values," Barca said.
“The people of the 32nd Senate District sent Gov. Walker and his legislative Republicans rubber-stamps a clear message today: they’ve had enough of the GOP's extreme agenda that favors wealthy special interests and large out-of-state corporations at the expense of Wisconsin's working, middle class families," Barca pointed out.
“I look forward to working with Senator-elect Shilling on the issues that are most important to the people of Wisconsin – good jobs, strong public schools and a thriving middle class," Barca concluded,
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