Not much changed in the face of recall elections in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Two Democrats held on to their state Senate seats, ultimately leaving Republicans with a majority in the Senate.

Last week Republicans retained four of their six seats targeted for recall, maintaining control of the state Senate. Democrats gained a couple of seats in those races, but ultimately fell short of the three they needed to take the majority. –BF

The Wall Street Journal:

Sen. Jim Holperin, a Democrat serving his first term in the Senate, defeated local Republican tea-party activist Kim Simac, 54% to 46%, with 78% of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.

Democratic Sen. Bob Wirch, whose district covers the Kenosha area, defeated Jonathan Steitz, 57% to 43%, with 99% of precincts reporting, according to the AP. Mr. Steitz is a corporate lawyer who works in Chicago. Mr. Wirch was first elected to the Senate in 1996.

Ms. Simac organized the recall of Mr. Holperin, whose district covers a sprawling region of northern Wisconsin. Of the three Democrats facing recall this year, he was considered the most vulnerable because of the political makeup of voters in his district.

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