Caledonia Patch: Lehman Declares Victory in Recall

-By Janine Anderson

June 6, 2012- At 2 a.m., Racine County posted full results online, supporting former Sen. John Lehman victory declaration at his election night party. Sen. Van Wanggaard, who was facing recall, sent everyone home an hour before Lehman's announcement.

Former Sen. John Lehman was the only Democrat on the recall ballots to declare victory.

At 12:53 a.m., he dedicated his victory to all the hard work and hours of service from volunteers who led the recall efforts in the 21st Senate District, where they went after Sen. Van Wanggaard, who had defeated Lehman in November 2010.

Lehman's closing remarks weren't all that different from the first time he spoke to supporters after his arrival around 9:30 pm at the Racine Labor Center.

"You worked so hard in the best interest of Wisconsin and for Racine County, not just for yourselves," he said. "Let's all take a little breather, take a little time with our families, who have supported us in our efforts, but then let's come back strong for the November elections."

The final vote totals were posted after 1:30 a.m., and by 2 a.m., district-wide unofficial results stood at:

•Wanggaard: 35,476
•Lehman: 36,255

This win gives Democrats control of the State Senate. Four state senators were under recall, and Wanggaard was the only one to not hang on to his seat. Still, the balance in both houses of the legislature could shift again this fall. Of the 33 senate seats, 16 are up for re-election and all 99 in the Assembly are up for grabs.

These results remain unofficial until they are certified.


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