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Democratic State Senate candidates separated by just two votes, recount likely

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MADISON (WKOW) -- When all of the ballots were counted in Wisconsin's 17th Senate District late Tuesday night, former WISDOT Budget Director Ernie Wittwer held a lead of just two votes over Pat Bomhack, a former staffer in the offices of Sen. Russ Feingold and Gov. Jim Doyle.

The final tally showed Wittwer got 3,828 votes to Bomhack's 3,826.  There will undoubtedly be a recount to find out which of the candidates will move on to face Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) in November's general election.

Wittwer declared his intention to run for the seat in October, 2013 while Bomhack didn't announce until late April 2014.  Bomhack is being backed by Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee).

The seat is currently held by Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center), who announced earlier this year that he will not seek reelection.
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