Green Bay Press Gazette: Wisconsin Democrat Dave Hansen defeats David VanderLeest in Senate recall election
-by Steve Contorno
July 19, 2011- One down, eight to go.
The summer of recalls had its first definitive outcome Tuesday night when Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, handily defeated Republican David VanderLeest with 66 percent of the vote.
Hansen’s victory over a controversial candidate wasn’t a shocker. VanderLeest’s legal and financial troubles became the focus of his campaign, dragging down his bid even after he vowed not to discuss them anymore.