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Talk begins on recalling apparent state Senate winner Lehman


RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - John Lehman has not officially won his state Senate election from this week – and there’s already talk about recalling him just over a year from now.

Tuesday night’s totals showed that Lehman unseated Senate Republican Van Wanggaard of Racine by just 1 percent, thus giving Democrats the majority in the Senate at least until November.

But the final absentee ballots are due in Friday. And Wanggaard has said he might order a recount, depending on what the totals show in a canvass of the ballots that begins next Tuesday.

Lehman – who has declared victory – says he’s not worried. He says the earliest he could be recalled would be the end of 2013, and he’s up for election the following year anyway. And Lehman said the short time gap would discourage a recall effort.

This week’s election was held using the old districts drawn up 10 years ago. But officials say Lehman will represent a lot more Republicans after the GOP’s redistricting plan from a year ago. And if there’s a recall effort a year from now, the Government Accountability Board said Lehman would have to run in the new district.

Also, Assembly Republican Robin Vos points out that Lehman will represent people who didn’t get a say in Tuesday’s recall, including those in Burlington.

Vos said the state was wrong to use the old districts. And he said the new districts should have been used, even though the Government Accountability Board said the law dictated otherwise.