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Challenger and Firefighters Union leader Mahlon Mitchell trails Kleefisch's 57 percent of the vote -- and two of four open state senate races fall to the GOP.


Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch wins recall

Challenger and Firefighters Union leader Mahlon Mitchell trails Kleefisch’s 57 percent of the vote — and two of four open state senate races fall to the GOP.

WAUKESHA, Wisc. — Republicans got a “two-fer” in Wisconsin Tuesday, as he AP projected Republican Lieutenant Governor Rebeccah Kleefisch an easy winner in the nationally watched recall elections.  The former television news anchor, the first to be a lieutenant governor in U.S. history, appeared to be rolling up 57 percent of the vote over Democrat and Firefighters Union leader Mahlon Mitchell.
Embattled Gov. Scott Walker managed to garner an unexpected 55 percent of the vote over Democrat Tom Barrett.  Walker even improved his numbers from his 2010 bout with Barrett in Dane County (Madison), home of the University of Wisconsin.
In two of the four races for open state senate seats, Republicans emerged triumphant — State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald surviving a recall and State Rep. Jerry Pietrowksi winning the special election for the Wausau seat of resigned State Sen.and fellow Republican Pam Galloway.  Two more senate races remained undecided.
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