Republicans Survive Recall Elections in Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Demonstrators protest in the capitol rotunda after they were given a deadline by the police to leave the building on February 27, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Republicans in Wisconsin will hold onto their control of the State Senate after winning four out of six recall elections last night. Democrats and union groups poured millions of dollars into the recall election, which stemmed from bitterness over Republican Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill." The legislation passed in February after Democratic lawmakers fled the state for weeks to delay voting on the bill, and protesters besieged the state capitol. Two Senate Democrats will face their own recall elections next week.

Shawn Johnson, state capitol reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, talks about the impact on the election, both in Wisconsin and on a national level.

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