Wisconsin Democrats Hope To Hold On As Senate Recall Elections Continue This Week
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (08/15/2011) - Two Democrat State Senators in Wisconsin are facing recall challengers this week, Tuesday, August 16th. Senator Jim Holperin faces Republican Kim Simic in the northeastern District 12, while Senator Bob Wirch hopes to return to his seat after voters choose between him and Republican attorney Jonathan Steitz in Southeast Wisconsin District 22. If Democrats win they will still be unable to take control in the State Senate, but, if Republicans win, they would gain an even larger majority hold on Wisconsin government.
In Tuesday's recall election Holperin, Conover, faces Republican Kim Simac of Eagle River, who is vying to become the first tea party member elected to the state Senate in Wisconsin history.
Republicans were able to hold on to four of the six seats targeted for recall by Democrats last week. As a result, Democrats won't be able to seize majority control of the Senate and serve as a block to Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans, as the hoped going into the recall process last week.
The best Democrats can hope for in this Tuesday's recalls against Holperin and fellow Democratic Senator Bob Wirch is to keep the total seats the way they are and hope that moderate Republicans serve as a buffer.
Holperin, served 12 years in the Assembly between 1983 and 1995, and is now in his third year of his first Senate term. It's Simac's first run for office.
Wirch, of Pleasant Prairie in southeast Wisconsin, faces Republican attorney Jonathan Steitz of Kenosha, a newcomer to the state who is running his first campaign. Wirch served four years in the state Assembly in the 1990s and has been in the Senate since 1997.
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