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Wisconsin Democrats Tap State Senate Recall Challengers

January 31, 2012

Scott Walker isn't the only Wisconsin Republican facing the threat of a recall election, and Democrats are moving swiftly forward with their plans for other races where a recall is likely in the offing.

Wisconsin Democrats announced three candidates for the anticipated slate of state Senate recall elections. Some names to get to know, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Former Sen. John Lehman will run against Sen. Van Wanggaard of Racine; Rep. Donna Seidel will run against Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau; and former Rep. Kristen Dexter will run against Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.

In its announcement, the state Democratic Party did not announce a challenger to state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the highest-profile Republican under threat of a recall.

Democrats picked up two seats in last year's recall, narrowing the GOP edge in the upper chamber to 17-16, and falling just short of claiming the majority, a publicly-indicated goal.

But even if Democrats win back control of the upper chamber in this year's recalls, it won't be voters' last word in 2012: In November, about half of the chamber will face general elections.

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