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MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin Democrats have come just short of regaining a Senate majority in this summer's flurry of recall elections. Still, they say they're optimistic the tide is turning their way.
The GOP's hold on the chamber is now just 17-16. Two Democratic senators survived recall attempts Tuesday night to assure it wouldn't be larger.
The recall elections stemmed from how Wisconsin lawmakers reacted to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal curbing public employee union rights. The Democrats were targeted for ouster after they fled the state in an effort to block a vote.
All told, Republicans lost two seats in the state Senate through the recalls. More than $40 million was estimated to have been spent, most of it pouring in from national unions and independent conservative groups.
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