The Uptake talks to Wisconsin voters on the ground. An open thread for results and news from Wisconsin's recall elections.
August 9, 2011

The Uptake talks to Wisconsin voters on the ground.

An open thread for results and news from Wisconsin's recall elections.

12:31 a.m.: Since I'm on the East Cost, I'm calling it a night. It looks like it'll be a while before a winner is declared and it looks like it'll be Darling (R). Hopefully I'll wake up surprised...

12:20 a.m.: Seems Nickolaus is already under investigation and Dems are calling for more.

12:16 a.m.: Multiple reports are saying that the outstanding precincts aren't enough for Pasch (D) to come back. State Dems are accusing Waukesha clerk Kathy Nickolaus of dishonesty or worse.

12:11 a.m.: WisPolitics reports Darling (R) taking a notable lead and multiple reports from the state are saying Darling will win.

12:03 a.m.: Unofficial counts via HuffPo, give Pasch about a 3000 vote lead with Menomonee Falls (in Waukesha County), a very red municipality, still to report. I'm not seeing this reported in official totals, though, that still have only 68 percent of precincts reporting.

11:59 p.m.: Tammy Baldwin previously asked for the federal Justice Department to investigate Waukesha County for previous shenanigans. Looks like that investigation is warranted more than ever. Obama et al. have to say yes to such an investigation.

11:54 p.m.: Waukesha County says no results for at least one hour. Waukesha was the county that "found" a bunch of votes to overturn the Prosser recount election.

11:48 p.m.: Not sure about the validity of earlier Pasch-Darling number (came in via HuffPo, but haven't been able to confirm it). Latest official numbers have it, with 68 percent reporting:

Pasch , Sandra Dem 23,804 51%
Darling , Alberta (i) GOP 22,693 49%

11:41 pm.: As reported earlier, two Dem pick-ups would've been enough to stop Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill, since one moderate Republican voted against it. On some level this is a victory regardless of what happens with Pasch.

11:39 p.m.: MSNBC calls it for King (D).

11:37 p.m.: Not sure what the percentage is, but Pasch leads by about 4500, but Republican strongholds still to come in.

11:35 p.m.: With 97 percent in, King (D) now up by more than 1000.

11:29 p.m.: Dems in Jess King's district say they are "certain" she will beat Hopper based on what votes are outstanding.

11:19 p.m.: John Nichols on MSNBC has been awfully accurate so far, he expects Pasch-Darling to get closer and expects King to take out Hopper.

11:17 p.m.: With 63 percent in, Pasch-Darling is getting closer.

11:13 p.m.: Question in King-Hopper race becomes, "what are the recount laws"?

11:10 p.m.: Pasch-Darling race looks to be the most expensive state legislative race in American history.

11:08 p.m.: MSNBC calls District 32 for Shilling (D).

11:04 p.m.: With 87 percent in, King retakes lead over Hopper by 137 votes.

11:02 p.m.: Everyone finally calling it for Olsen (R). First race where Dems were really hopeful of winning.

10:58 p.m.: Suprised race hasn't been called for Olsen (R) by anyone else. 96 percent in and reports say remaining districts are Olsen-friendly.

10:55 p.m.: With 79 percent in, Hopper (R) retakes lead by 500+ votes.

10:52 p.m.: Results starting to come in a lot slower. Is this the part of the night where we start waiting for long periods of time?

10:45 p.m.: WisPolitics calls race for Olsen (R).

10:43 p.m.: King (D) up by nearly 700 now. Three pick-ups looking good (but way too soon to call).

10:40 p.m.: With 94 percent in, Clark looks done for. Pasch and Shilling are expanding their leads.

10:38 p.m.: Fred Clark (D) keeps gaining on Luther Olsen, but he's running out of precincts.

10:34 p.m.: The four remaining races:

State Senate - District 8 - General

Wisconsin - 15 of 82 Precincts Reporting - 18%

Pasch , Sandra Dem 8,848 57%
Darling , Alberta (i) GOP 6,741 43%

State Senate - District 14 - General

Wisconsin - 98 of 126 Precincts Reporting - 78%

Olsen , Luther (i) GOP 17,504 54%
Clark , Fred Dem 15,155 46%

State Senate - District 18 - General

Wisconsin - 21 of 108 Precincts Reporting - 19%

King , Jessica Dem 7,464 50%
Hopper , Randy (i) GOP 7,368 50%

State Senate - District 32 - General

Wisconsin - 59 of 119 Precincts Reporting - 50%

Shilling , Jennifer Dem 11,353 53%
Kapanke , Dan (i) GOP 9,968 47%

10:30 p.m.: Jessica King (D) takes tiny lead over Randy Hopper (R), giving Dems leads in three races.

10:26 p.m.: Alberta Darling: "We're taking back the state." She appears to have forgotten that they already run the state and the fact that they are losing two races at the moment.

10:25 p.m.: Other races all too close to call.

10:22 p.m.: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel calls race for Harsdorf (R).

10:20 p.m.: With 72 percent in, Harsdorf (R) looks to be a winner, again, no surprise there.

10:16 p.m.: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel calls race for Cowles (R). This was the most conservative district.

10:15 p.m.: Pasch has taken a small lead over Alberta Darling (R), this is the game-changer. It's early, though, with only 18 percent in.

10:14 p.m.: With 80 percent in Cowles (R) is up big, almost certain to win. No surprise.

10:03 p.m.: The Ed Show is saying that most of the votes in so far are from rural areas and that many of the bigger cities had polls stay open for more than an hour after closing to complete the lines.

Results as of 10 p.m. EST:

State Senate - District 2 - General

Wisconsin - 44 of 90 Precincts Reporting - 49%

Cowles , Robert (i) GOP 10,777 57%
Nusbaum , Nancy Dem 8,029 43%

State Senate - District 8 - General

Wisconsin - 7 of 82 Precincts Reporting - 9%

Darling , Alberta (i) GOP 3,183 71%
Pasch , Sandra Dem 1,320 29%

State Senate - District 10 - General

Wisconsin - 61 of 114 Precincts Reporting - 54%

Harsdorf , Sheila (i) GOP 16,753 58%
Moore , Shelly Dem 12,056 42%

State Senate - District 14 - General

Wisconsin - 46 of 126 Precincts Reporting - 37%

Olsen , Luther (i) GOP 7,576 55%
Clark , Fred Dem 6,208 45%

State Senate - District 18 - General

Wisconsin - 8 of 108 Precincts Reporting - 7%

Hopper , Randy (i) GOP 3,025 54%
King , Jessica Dem 2,576 46%

State Senate - District 32 - General

Wisconsin - 29 of 119 Precincts Reporting - 24%

Shilling , Jennifer Dem 2,541 51%
Kapanke , Dan (i) GOP 2,468 49%

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