Despite retaining his seat, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), in last night's recall election, appears to have lost control of the state Senate with former state Sen. John Lehman’s (D) victory over Walker ally state Sen. Van Wanggaard. If Lehman’s win holds up, it will give Democrats a one-seat (17-16) majority in the state Senate.
With all precincts counted, Lehman holds a 51 percent to 49 percent lead—about 800 votes over Wanggaard. But the incumbent has not conceded and indicated he may seek a recount. Losing candidates in Wisconsin have three days to request a recount.
Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller said in a statement last night:
By electing a Democratic Senate, the people of Wisconsin have opened the door to responsible dialogue and, if needed, provided a bulwark against continued political extremism and restored checks and balances to the Wisconsin legislature.
Also Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, lost his race against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Later this morning, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will hold a press conference to discuss the results of the Wisconsin recall election and release an election night poll of voters conducted by Hart Research Associates. We’ll bring you news from that conference.