Thursday, June 7, 2012
Virtually Unreported: Democrats Gain Control of Wisconsin Senate
While the media has obsessed over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's successful victory in Tuesday's recall election, only a few sources have reported that the Democrats gained control of the Wisconsin senate. The Washington Times, a very conservative newspaper, was among the first media to cover this story (L.A. Times also now covering it).
Although Walker survived the recall effort, Democrat John Lehman defeated incumbent Republican Senator Van Wanggaard. The successful recall of Wanggard gives Democrats a slim majority in the state senate.
This was the third successful recall effort by Wisconsin Democrats over incumbent Republicans since 2010. Three Republicans, however, retained their seats on Tuesday.