Jessica King and Jennifer Shilling have picked up two seats in the Wisconsin Senate in the recall election.
We are still waiting on the Pasch (D) v. Darling (R) results in District 18. It could be a long night.
UPDATE: John Amato here: Looks like Sandy Pasch lost in a very narrow contest for most of the night that turned late in the evening.
State Sen. Alberta Darling, the highest-ranking Republican facing recall, hung onto her job in Tuesday's recall election by defeating Democratic challenger Sandy Pasch and helping thwart Democrats' bid to wrest control of the state Senate.
Darling claimed victory near midnight, as unofficial results showed her surging ahead. Pasch conceded early Wednesday in a phone call to Darling.
Waukesha delayed getting their counts in as usual which prompted a lot of anger.
Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following evidence of election tampering in the 8th State Senate District race.
"The race to determine control of the Wisconsin Senate has fallen in the hands of the Waukesha County clerk, who has already distinguished herself as incompetent, if not worse. She is once more tampering with the results of a consequential election and in the next hours we will determine our next course of action. For now, Wisconsin should know that a dark cloud hangs over these important results."
But let me just say, if tonight was a loss, I hope we have many more such "losses" in 2012.
We took the fight into red territory, and took two seats. What was a safe 19-14 GOP advantage is now a narrow 17-16. If we had those numbers going into 2011, the anti-labor bill would never have passed—one GOPer voted with the Democrats (and hey, Sen. Dale Schultz, the water is mighty fine on our side of the aisle!).
The execrable Randy Hopper is gone. He can cry in his 20-something-year-old mistress's arms tonight. And Kapanke too. It sucks being unemployed in Wisconsin these days. Maybe they can get a non-union job at McDonald's.
Beyond Wisconsin, if we can enjoy a similar "loss rate" in Republican-held districts (picking up 33 percent of them), Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have a huge majority in 2013. We had a message that resonated with large numbers of working people in overwhelmingly white working-class districts that shifted hard against Democrats in 2010. GOP overreach is winning them back for us. Just think, before today, only 13 state legislators had been recalled in the entire history of this nation.
So yeah, I feel strangely energized and elated.