Wisconsin Democrats Fall One Seat Short Of Taking Back Senate04:50


Republicans won four of six recall elections Tuesday in Wisconsin, holding on to their majority in the state Senate by one vote.

It's a setback for Democrats and union groups who had invested heavily in the races. The recall votes came after the state's newly elected Republican governor, Scott Walker, moved to balance the state's budget by cutting benefits and limiting collective bargaining rights for the state's public employees. That prompted massive demonstrations in the state, with protesters calling for the removal of the Republican lawmakers who supported the measure. Soon there were counter protests in support of the Republican measure, with calls for the removal of Democrats opposing the legislation.

So, with a victory in hand, what will Gov. Walker pursue next?


  • Mary Spicuzza, state government reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal

This segment aired on August 10, 2011.

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