GOP Hangs on to Wisc. Senate

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Residents in Glendale, Wis., which is also also Sen. Alberta Darling’s district, line up Tuesday, July 12, 2011, to vote in a Democratic primary election ahead of a recall election next month. Darling is one of six Republican state senators being targeted for recall for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill. Three Democratic state senators are also being targeted for recall for fleeing the state to stall action on the bill.

Governor Scott Walker can breathe a sigh of relief: Wisconsin Republicans held control of the state senate after Democrats picked up just two of six seats in Tuesday's recall elections. The GOP now enjoys a narrow 17-16 majority, although it could boost its margin next week when two Democratic state senators face recall votes. Turnout was high at 63 percent, compared with 55.5 percent April's election.