Wis. Dems: We Control the State Senate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker is receiving a hero's welcome from his cabinet in his first meeting with them after winning a historic recall election. His cabinet gave Walker a more-than 3-minute standing ovation today as he and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch circled the table shaking hands and hugging each member. Walker told supporters today he is "focused like a laser beam" on creating jobs.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Senate Democrats are moving ahead as if they have regained control of the chamber through Tuesday's recall elections even though the crucial race is too close to call.

The Senate stood divided 16-16 between Republicans and Democrats heading into the elections. Unofficial results from the race in Racine's 21st Senate District showed Democratic challenger John Lehman leading incumbent Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard by less than 800 votes, and Wanggaard has refused to concede.

Senate Democratic Leader Mark Miller has declared himself majority leader regardless. He held a news conference to say he's already spoken to Republican Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald about details of the transition.

Fitzgerald says Miller's stance is premature. He spoke to Miller but only about meeting to discuss committee structures if Democrats have indeed won the chamber.


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