Wisconsin recalls center of fight over GOP agenda

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 8 at 1:07 PM

RIPON, Wis. (AP) — Six Wisconsin state senators face recall elections Tuesday that could serve as a rebuke of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Republican revolution.

Democrats must win at least three of the seats if they hope to take majority control away from the GOP in the state Senate and block Walker and Republicans who have the majority in the Assembly.

Walker's move to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers spurred the recall efforts, which have attracted millions of dollars from national unions and conservative groups in a spending frenzy never seen before in Wisconsin.

Both sides see the national implications in the races' outcomes, heading into the 2012 presidential election. Wisconsin is traditionally a swing state.

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