The results are in. Six incumbent Republican state senators in Wisconsin were facing recall elections, and four of them held on to their seats.
– In State Senate District 2, incumbent Republican Robert Cowles easily held his seat with 60 percent of the vote.
– In State Senate District 8, incumbent Republican Alberta Darling narrowly retained her seat. As of this writing, she leads her challenger 54 percent to 46 percent with 81 of 82 precincts reporting; she has been declared the winner.
– In State Senate District 10, incumbent Republican Sheila Harsdorf retained her seat with 58 percent of the vote.
– In State Senate District 14, incumbent Republican Luther Olsen barely held on to his seat with 52 percent of the vote.
– In State Senate District 18, incumbent Republican Randy Hopper very narrowly lost his seat to Democrat Jessica King, 49 percent to 51 percent. Hopper was hampered by allegations of corruption, unethical behavior, and general immorality.
– In State Senate District 32, incumbent Republican Dan Kapanke was defeated by Democrat Jennifer Shilling 45 percent to 55 percent. This was an expected result, as the district is strongly Democratic.
Prior to the recall elections, Republicans held a 19 to 14 majority in the state senate. Now they retain a narrower majority, 17 to 16. About $30 million was spent on the recall election campaigns, mostly from outside groups.
Next week, two Democratic Wisconsin state senators face recall elections. Incumbent Democrat Jim Holperin in State Senate District 12 faces Republican challenger Kim Simac, and incumbent Democrat Robert Wirch in State Senate District 22 faces Republican challenger Jonathan Steitz. The incumbents are favored in both races.Powered by Sidelines