Democrats took away two Republican seats in the Wisconsin Senate in a recall election that could have national implications.
However, Democrats fell just one seat short of taking the majority control of the state senate.
"Republicans are going to continue doing what we promised the people of Wisconsin - improve the economy and get Wisconsin moving back in the right direction," Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a prepared statement after the victory.
Six incumbent GOP state senators were forced to defend their seats in the elections after the bitter fight over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to limit union workers collective bargaining rights.
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Democrats, backed by the unions, sought to punish Republican lawmakers who supported the legislation and to send a message to other states who seek to limit union power.
Walker attempted to strike a bipartisan tone in the victory, saying that he'll reach out to both sides.
"In the days ahead I look forward to working with legislators of all parties to grow jobs for Wisconsin and move our state forward," Walker said in a prepared statement.
There had been only 13 other successful recalls of state-level office holders nationwide since 1913.
"The fact of the matter remains that, fighting on Republican turf, we have begun the work of stopping the Scott Walker agenda," said Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate.
Two Democratic incumbents face recalls next week in the Badger State. Even if they win, Republicans will still hold a narrow 17-16 majority.
More than $31 million was spent on the recall races.