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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Former state Sen. Dan Kapanke has won the Republican primary for a shot to take on the highest ranking Democrat in the state Senate.

Kapanke defeated John Sarnowski in Tuesday's primary. He will face Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling in the Nov. 8 general election.

That will be a rematch of the 2011 recall election that Shilling won in the wake of the Act 10 budget battle. Shilling had been in the state Assembly for 11 years before she defeated Kapanke.

Sarnowski previously served two years on the Onalaska city council and had run for the state Assembly in 2006 as an independent. He works in information technology.

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