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Democrat Billings elected to Wis. Assembly

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Jill Billings has won election to a Wisconsin Assembly seat that was left vacant after last summer's recall elections.

Billings defeated Republican David Drewes in a special election Tuesday in La Crosse.

Unofficial results showed Billings won with 72 percent of the vote, compared with 28 percent for Drewes, with all precincts reporting.

Even with her win, Republicans still hold a 59-39 majority in the Assembly. There is one independent.

The election was necessary after former state Rep. Jennifer Shilling won election to the state Senate in August. She defeated Republican Sen. Dan Kapanke in the recall election.

Shilling had held the seat, which covers the city of La Crosse and small parts of the nearby towns of Campbell and Shelby, since 2001.

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