UPDATE: Senate District 21: Recall Canvassing Underway In Race

UPDATED Tuesday, June 12, 2012 --- 12:25 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine County officials say their vote canvass shows that Democrat John Lehman picked up 55 votes in his recall challenge against state Sen. Van Wanggaard.

The canvass Tuesday found that Lehman extended his unofficial lead over the Republican incumbent to 834 votes.

Lehman had 36,351 votes, or 50.6 percent, while Wanggaard received 35,517 votes, or 49.4 percent.

The canvass isn't official until the state Government Accountability Board certifies the results. That's expected to happen next week.

Dan Romportl is with the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate. He says Wanggaard will decide by the end of the week whether to request a recount.

Brad Wojciechowski is a spokesman for the State Senate Democratic Committee. He says Wanggaard should take the high road and concede the election immediately.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 12, 2012 --- 11:10 a.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine County officials have begun canvassing the votes from last week's recall race between incumbent state Sen. Van Wanggaard and Democratic challenger John Lehman.

The unofficial tally shows Lehman leading the Republican Wanggaard by just under 800 votes.

The county clerk's office began canvassing the results Tuesday morning. Officials expected to wrap up before noon.

The outcome is being closely watched because the Senate is split 16-16, and the winner's party will take majority control.

Lehman is a former history teacher who held the 21st District Senate seat until Wanggaard defeated him in 2010. He has proclaimed himself the winner and his fellow Democrats lined up behind him.

But Wanggaard has refused to concede. The former police investigator says his supporters want him to seek a recount.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 11:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard says he is still deciding whether to pursue a recount in his recall election that preliminary results show he lost to Democrat John Lehman by 779 votes.

The outcome of the race will determine which party controls the Senate.

Wanggaard said in a statement Wednesday that he intends to closely monitor the canvass of votes and then evaluate whether to pursue a recount. He says there were a number of outstanding absentee ballots and voting irregularities.

Lehman is up 1.09 percentage points based on the unofficial returns.

The county's board of canvassers has until June 15 to submit the canvassed totals. Once the last report is in, the candidates have three business days, or June 20 at the latest, to ask for a recount.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 11:45 a.m.

Statement from Senator Van Wanggaard:

“Over 70,000 people voted yesterday in a historic election. We know that there are a number of outstanding absentee ballots, voting irregularities, and that there were problems across the county in the unofficial tally of ballots.”

“People across the state and country have asked that I immediately ask for a recount. However, we all know that the best decisions are made when well-rested and after consideration of all options.”

“We will closely monitor the canvass of votes with legal representation. We will evaluate our options regarding recounts following the official count of ballots.”

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 9:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Based on unofficial results, Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard is down 779 votes to Democratic challenger John Lehman in a recall race that will determine which party controls the Senate the rest of this year.

Wanggaard has not conceded while Democrats have declared victory for Lehman in Racine's 21st Senate district. Wanggaard says he will be reviewing the results. His campaign manager and the leader of the effort to elect Senate Republicans did not immediately return messages Wednesday morning.

Lehman is up 1.09 percentage points based on the unofficial returns.

The county's board of canvassers has until June 15 to submit the canvassed totals. Once the last report is in, the candidates have three business days, or June 20 at the latest, to ask for a recount.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 7:25 a.m.

Wanggaard Campaign Statement on Election

Racine – Wanggaard for Senate Campaign Manager Justin Phillips released the following statement regarding the June 5th election:

“We owe it to all of Senator Wanggaard’s supporters and the voters of Wisconsin to thoroughly examine the election and its results and act accordingly once we have all of the information.”

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Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 7:00 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The recall contest between Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard and Democrat John Lehman is too close to call.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election in Racine's 21st Senate District showed Lehman ahead of Wanggaard by fewer than 800 votes with all precincts reported.

Lehman has declared victory. Wanggaard refused to concede, saying early Wednesday he'll review the results.

Democrats angry with Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious plan stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights forced Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Wanggaard and two other GOP senators in recalls. The Democrats also were trying to capture an open seat in Tuesday's elections.

The Republicans swept all five of the other races, but if Lehman's victory stands, the Democrats would gain a one-seat Senate majority.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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