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Recall elections begin amid Wis. union law fallout

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin state senator's recall election is giving voters the most direct opportunity yet to react to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan that stripped most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Nine senators are facing recall elections amid the fallout from the bitter fight over Walker's proposal, which attracted national attention and tens of thousands of protesters to the state Capitol earlier this year.

The stakes are high. If Democrats pick up a net of three seats during the elections, they'll retake control of the Wisconsin Senate and gain key momentum in their efforts to recall Walker next year.

The first test comes Tuesday, when Democratic Sen. Dave Hansen will be challenged by Republican recall organizer David VanderLeest. Two other Democrats and six Republicans face recall elections next month.

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