Wisconsin Recall Elections 2011: News & Updates From The Badger State

07/14/2011 02:08 pm ET | Updated Sep 13, 2011

The post and live blog below are a collaboration between Patch and HuffPost reporters.

In the coming weeks, recall elections will take place in nine of Wisconsin's state Senate districts. Six Democratic challengers will run to oust Republican incumbents from their seats, while three GOP hopefuls will compete to remove Democratic lawmakers from office.

At stake in the recall match-ups is control of the state Senate. If Democrats pick up a total of three seats, their party will regain control of the chamber.

The recall contests come in the wake of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signing a contentious anti-union bill into law in the Badger State. The six Republican state senators who are running to keep their seats all backed the measure, while the three Democratic lawmakers being challenged voted against it.

Below, a rundown of the recall match-ups that will take place. Scroll down for a live blog of the latest developments to unfold in Wisconsin.

July 19

District 12: Lincoln County Board of Supervisors chairman Robert Lussow is going head-to-head with Vilas County Republican Party vice chair Kim Simac in a GOP primary contest. The winner of the match-up will run against state Sen. Jim Holperin (D) in a general election race.

District 22: Attorney Jonathan Steitz is facing off against Kenosha County Board vice chairman Fred Ekornaas for a chance to unseat state Sen. Robert W. Wirch (D).

District 30: Republican challenger David VanderLeest took on state Sen. Dave Hansen (D) in a general election race. Hansen comfortably came out on top in the match-up.

August 9

District 2: In a general election contest, former De Pere Mayor Nancy Nusbaum (D) is running against Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles.

District 8: State Rep. Sandy Pasch (D) is facing off against GOP state Sen. Alberta Darling (R) in a general election race.

District 10: Democrat Shelly Moore, an English teacher, is vying to unseat state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R) in a general election contest.

District 14: Democratic state Rep. Fred Clark is running against Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen in a general election race.

District 18: Attorney Jessica King, a Democrat, is looking to unseat Republican state Sen. Randy Hopper in a general election match-up.

District 32: Democratic state Rep. Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse is facing off against state Sen. Dan Kapanke (R) in a general election race.

August 16

District 12: Whoever emerges victorious in the GOP primary match-up between Lussow and Simac will face off against Democratic state Sen. Jim Holperin in a general election contest.

District 22: The winner of the Republican primary contest between Steitz and Ekornaas will run against state Sen. Robert W. Wirch (D) in a general election race.

08/16/2011 11:12 PM EDT

Dems Will Keep Their Seats After Today's Recall Elections

Wisconsin Democrats Bob Wirch and Jim Holperin will keep their state Senate seats -- the AP has declared both men winners after Tuesday's recall elections. Wirch defeated Republican challenger Jonathan Steitz, and Holperin fought off Tea Party challenger Kim Simac.

The Wisconsin state Senate will continue to be controlled by a Republican majority, despite the fact that two Republicans lost their seats in last week's recall races.

Wisconsin Patch is reporting from the election night parties of candidates Wirch and Steitz. Click here to read more on the outcome of the races.

-- Paige Lavender

08/16/2011 11:01 PM EDT

Wirch Supporters Cheer For Holperin

Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch editor Heather Asiyanbi reports:

Cheers went up at Wirch's victory party when it was announced that Jim Holperin had also successfully defended his state senate seat against Republican challenger Kim Simac.

With both Democratic seats intact, the balance in the state Senate remains 17/16, which means, if Senator Schultz from Richland Center goes with the more moderate view on some issues, Governor Scott Walker's initiatives could have a harder time getting approved.

Holperin represents the 12th district, in northern Wisconsin.

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08/16/2011 10:53 PM EDT

AP: Holperin Wins

@ sbauerAP : AP declares Democrat Holperin winner, second Democrat to win #wirecall Tuesday. Republican majority stays 17-16 in Senate.

08/16/2011 10:51 PM EDT

Holperin Holding Onto Lead

@ MadPolitics : With 71% of wards reporting: Sen. Jim Holperin 53% — Kim Simac 47%. #wirecall #wiunion #teaparty

08/16/2011 10:48 PM EDT

Wirch's Victory Speech Met With Chants Of "Recall Walker"

Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch editor Heather Asiyanbi reports:

Wirch gave his victory speech, saying Wisconsin has the nicest people in the world ... until you make them mad! The crowd cheered wildly and then Wirch thanked his wife and kids for their unwavering support.

But Wirch also said it's time now to get back to work, to get back to civility using the energy built up for this campaign to reclaim the state.

The crowd responded with a rousing chant of "Recall Walker," and after a minute or so, Wirch held up his hand for quiet.

He asked the crowd to keep the movement going. He thanked everyone from the bottom of his heart and left the stage.

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08/16/2011 10:44 PM EDT

Wirch Met With Cheers From Supporters

The AP has declared Democrat Bob Wirch winner of the 22nd state Senate District race.

Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch editor Heather Asiyanbi reports:

Wirch's supporters cheered him onto the stage at 9:30 p.m.

With 94 of 95 polls reporting in Kenosha County, Wirch had 21,327 votes to Jonathan Steitz's 14,840. In Racine County, town and city of Burlington votes came in for Steitz, with 2,863 votes to state Sen. Bob Wirch's 2,078 votes. All totals are unofficial, according to the Kenosha County Clerk and Racine County Clerk offices.

Combined, as of 9:35 p.m., Wirch had 23,405 votes and Steitz 17,703.

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08/16/2011 10:35 PM EDT

Steitz Staying Positive

Caledonia Patch editor Denise Lockwood reports:

People at Republican Jonathan Steitz’s campaign headquarters at the Brat Stop remain positive about the outcome of the 22nd District election.

Hundreds crowded into a banquet room at the Brat Stop as they discussed the polling activity and moods were positive until about 9:10 p.m., when someone announced the numbers were going the wrong way.

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08/16/2011 10:27 PM EDT

AP: Wirch Wins District 22

@ sbauerAP : AP declares Democratic incumbent Wirch winner over Republican Steitz in 22nd district #wirecall

08/16/2011 10:24 PM EDT

Kenosha County Votes Coming In

Wisconsin Patch reports:

In Kenosha County, where most votes will be cast, 65 of 95 polls have reported results. There, Wirch has pulled ahead, with 15,941 votes to Steitz's 11,479.

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08/16/2011 10:23 PM EDT

Votes Counted So Far

@ MadPolitics : 53,510 votes counted so far in both races. 22,067 in Dist. 12 (Holperin), 31,443 in Dist. 22 (Wirch)