Two Wis. Dems Remain, GOP Holds Senate Majority

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Two Wisconsin Democratic state senators survived pushes for their recall and held on to their seats in Tuesday's recall election.

Both were among the 14 Democrats who fled the state back in February to prevent a crucial vote. They had sought to block Republican Gov. Scott Walker's move to end public employee collective bargaining rights.

A third Democrat won a recall election last month.

Republicans still hold majority control of the Wisconsin Senate, 17 to 16.

More than $40 million was estimated to have been spent on the recalls, which some political analysts say have national implications ahead of the 2012 election.

Democrats still say they plan to launch a recall of Walker next year.

Walker is already trying to moderate, saying after the two Republican losses last week and the release of a poll showing a 59 percent disapproval rating that he wanted to work in a more bipartisan way with Democrats.

His spokesman Cullen Werwie reiterated that message after the two Democratic wins Tuesday.

"With the uncertainty of the recalls over, the governor is looking forward to working together with the Legislature and job creators to get more Wisconsinites back to work," Werwie said.

The nine recall elections in Wisconsin this year were the largest ever in the nation's history.

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