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UPDATE: Recall Under Way in State Senate Recall Race

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 --- 10:50 a.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine County has begun its recount in the state Senate recall race that will determine the chamber's majority party.

Fourteen tabulators convened at the county courthouse Wednesday, where County Clerk Wendy Christensen gave them final instructions and let them begin.

Some tabulators reviewed poll books. Others counted the actual ballots, flagging those that weren't properly initialed by poll workers or that had stray marks.

According to state law, the county's Board of Canvass has to finish the recount of the nearly 72,000 ballots by July 2. Christensen says tabulators will work Saturday, and possibly over the following weekend too, but she's confident the board will meet its deadline..

Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard requested the recount after a canvass showed him trailing Democratic challenger John Lehman by 834 votes.

AP-WF-06-20-12 1541GMT

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UPDATED Monday, June 18, 2012 --- 3:07 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The state elections board has officially ordered a recount in a state Senate recall election.

The Government Accountability Board issued the order Monday afternoon. It asks the Racine County Board of Canvassers to begin the recount Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The recount comes at the request of Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard. An official canvass last week found him trailing Democratic challenger John Lehman by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent of the nearly 72,000 ballots cast.

The county will have until July 2 to complete the recount.

The election is significant because the state Senate currently has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans. So the winner will give his party majority control, at least until November's elections.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Monday, June 18, 2012 --- 12:15 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The state elections board is expected to issue an order that would kick off a recount in a recent state Senate recall election.

The Government Accountability Board plans to issue the order sometime Monday. The order would ask the Racine County clerk to begin the recount Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The recount comes at the request of Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard. An official canvass last week found him trailing Democratic challenger John Lehman by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent of the nearly 72,000 ballots cast.

The county will have until July 2 to complete the recount.

The election is significant because the state Senate currently has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans. So the winner will give his party majority control, at least until November's elections.

AP-WF-06-18-12 1708GMT

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, June 15, 2012 --- 10:15 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin state Sen. Van Wanggaard has asked for a recount in last week's recall race. The outcome will determine the majority party in the state Senate.

An official canvass this week showed Wanggaard trailing his Democratic challenger by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent. The Racine Republican said Friday he wants election officials to count again.

The state Senate currently has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans. The winner of Wanggaard's race will give his party majority control.

If the recount reverses the outcome, the loss by Democrat John Lehman would be bitter end to the party's already disappointing recall effort.

Democrats came up empty in the other five recall races, including a failed attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 --- 7:40 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- State Sen. Van Wanggaard is expected to announce whether he wants a recount in last week's recall election. The outcome determines the majority party in the state Senate.

The Racine Republican has until Friday at 5 p.m. to request a recount.

An official canvass this week found Wanggaard trails his Democratic challenger (John Lehman) by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent.

Democrats have called on Wanggaard to concede, saying a recount would only delay the inevitable. But Wanggaard's campaign said it wants to keep its options open.

The state Senate is currently split 16-16. The winner of Wanggaard's race will give his party majority control.

However, the victory would just be largely symbolic. The Legislature isn't expected to convene again until January, and the November elections could cause power to shift again.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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