With the successful recall of Senator Van Wanggaard, Democrats now hold a 17-16 majority in the Wisconsin Senate. The margin is slim though -- Democrat John Lehman leads by fewer than 800 votes -- and a recount is possible. Lehman held the seat until he was unseated by Wanggaard in 2010. It is little more than a symbolic victory for Democrats -- the legislature has adjourned its session for the year and won't reconvene until next January. With 16 Senate seats up in the November elections, it's anybody's guess which party will control the Senate in 2013.
Senate Republican leader Scott Fitzgerald and Republican senator Terry Moulton survived yesterday's recall attempt. A fourth recall election was triggered against Republican Senator Pam Galloway, but she resigned in March, leaving her seat vacant. The recall election was still held, however, and a Republican took her vacant seat.