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Simac wins recall primary

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tea party organizer Kim Simac has won a Republican primary in a Wisconsin recall election, and now advances to challenge Democratic state Sen. Jim Holperin next month.

Simac has 61 percent of Tuesday's vote, with 74 percent of precincts reporting. She defeated Bob Lussow, a retired airline pilot and the current chairman of the Lincoln County Board.

The recall effort followed Republican Gov. Scott Walker's divisive plan taking away collective-bargaining rights from most public workers.

Six Republican state senators face recall elections next month for supporting the plan. Holperin and two Democratic colleagues were targeted for fleeing the state to stall it.

Holperin and Simac will now square off in a general election Aug. 16.

The 12th District covers northern Wisconsin, including Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.

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