MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Based on unofficial results, Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard is down 779 votes to Democratic challenger John Lehman in a recall race that will determine which party controls the Senate the rest of this year.
Wanggaard has not conceded while Democrats have declared victory for Lehman in Racine's 21st Senate district. Wanggaard says he will be reviewing the results. His campaign manager and the leader of the effort to elect Senate Republicans did not immediately return messages Wednesday morning.
Lehman is up 1.09 percentage points based on the unofficial returns.
The county's board of canvassers has until June 15 to submit the canvassed totals. Once the last report is in, the candidates have three business days, or June 20 at the latest, to ask for a recount.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The recall contest between Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard and Democrat John Lehman is too close to call.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election in Racine's 21st Senate District showed Lehman ahead of Wanggaard by fewer than 800 votes with all precincts reported.
Lehman has declared victory. Wanggaard refused to concede, saying early Wednesday he'll review the results.
Democrats angry with Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious plan stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights forced Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Wanggaard and two other GOP senators in recalls. The Democrats also were trying to capture an open seat in Tuesday's elections.
The Republicans swept all 5 of the other races, but if Lehman's victory stands, the Democrats would gain a one-seat Senate majority.
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