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Two Democrats Up For Recall In Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 16 (UPI) — Wisconsin voters Tuesday decide the final two recalls, determining if Sens. Jim Holperin of Conover and Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie remain in office.

Challenging Holperin is Tea Party activist Kim Simac while Wirch faces attorney Jonathan Steitz.

In last week’s recall elections for six Republican candidates, Democrats picked up two seats, cutting the Republican Senate majority from 19-14 to 17-16. A Democratic senator survived a recall effort earlier this summer.

While both incumbents held the edge in recent polls, University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Charles Franklin said turnout would be a key factor in Tuesday’s election, much as it was in the GOP races, the Wisconsin Radio Network reported. In some districts last week, voters turned out in numbers that rivaled levels normally seen in presidential elections.

Holperin and Wirch have caught flak over their decisions to join the 12 other Senate Democrats in leaving the state for three weeks to try to block the eventually signed law that severely restricts public union bargaining, WSAU News Talk Radio, Wausau, Wis., reported.

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