Old spin: Walker’s toast! New spin: Walker lost the Senate!
With 100% reporting, Democrat John Lehman appears to have won the recall election against Republican Van Wanggaard, who beat Lehman for the seat in 2010. The margin’s 779 votes out of 71,731 cast – about 1.08%. Too much for an automatic recount.
That gives the Democrats a 17-16 majority in the Senate. The majority was 19-14 Republican before the first round of recall elections. Now that Walker won by a greater percentage than he did in 2010, expect to see the Senate flipping become the major storyline. They never really wanted to get Walker, you know: they wanted to take the Senate back.
Old and busted: recall Walker! New hotness: take back the Senate!
UPDATE – via WisPolitics:
(Sen. Scott) Fitzgerald, who survived his own recall election today, predicted Republicans would be back in the majority after the November elections.
The GOP will be favored to win the 12th SD, where Dem Jim Holperin is retiring, and Dem Jessica King, who won a recall election last summer, will be a top target for Republicans. Dems, meanwhile, are largely expected to be on defense this fall in the Senate.