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King Gives Democrats Second Win; All Eyes on 8th District

Democratic challenger Jessica King narrowly defeated Republican state Sen. Randy Hopper Tuesday in the recall election in the state's 18th senate district, giving Democrats a second victory in their bid to take control of the state senate. The AP called the race with all precincts reporting and King leading Hopper 51 percent to 49 percent.

Just one of the six contests remains undecided -- the 8th District contest between state Sen. Alberta Darling and Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch. Democrats need a Pasch victory to maintain their hopes of winning control of the chamber.

The district was considered a prime takeover opportunity for Democrats. In the 2008 presidential election, President Obama topped Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., 51.3 percent to 47.3 percent. In 2008, the first matchup between Hopper and King went to a recall, with Hopper ultimately prevailing by just 163 votes.

Earlier Tuesday, Republicans maintained control of the three seats held by Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles, Republican state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen, while Democratic challenger Jennifer Shilling unseated Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke.

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