Dems Projected to Win State Senate
Dems are projected to win control of the state Senate, picking up at least the three seats they need to flip the chamber.
Republicans have conceded defeat in the open 21st District in the Racine area and the 31st District now held by Eau Claire Republican Ron Brown. Dem John Lehman won the district with 53 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election returns. Dem Kathleen Vinehout had just more than 51 percent of the vote with more than 76 percent of the precincts reporting in her race with Brown. Republicans said their numbers showed she would win.
Dem Jim Sullivan also declared victory in the 5th District over freshman Republican Tom Reynolds of West Allis. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Sullivan led with 52 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns.
Those three races give Dems at least a 17-16 majority next session. Dem Pat Kreitlow also had a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Dave Zien with just less than half of the vote in for the Eau Claire-area district.
-- By JR Ross