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Wisconsin State Legislative Recount Summary

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November's state legislative races yielded a number of very close contests across the Upper Midwest. As a result recounts have commenced in a handful of districts, including four races for Wisconsin's State Assembly where Democrats narrowed a 58-39 GOP advantage to 52-47 going into the recounts.

Four recounts were ordered by the Wisconsin State Elections Board for Assembly races—all in districts currently held by the GOP:

* In District 88, a partial recount has confirmed Democrat Jim Soletski unseated Republican incumbent Judy Krawczyk. Soletski won by less than 80 votes out of more than 17,500 cast.

* In District 43, Democrat Kim Hixson entered the recount leading GOP incumbent Debi Towns by 9 votes out of more than 20,5000 votes cast.

* In District 47, Republican incumbent Eugene Hahn entered this week's recount leading Democrat Megan Yost by 154 votes out of more than 24,000 votes cast. Yost had won the Democratic primary two months earlier on a recount decided by just 4 votes.

* In District 96, GOP incumbent Lee Nerison held a 430-vote advantage over Democrat Gail Frie out of more than 19,000 votes cast.

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No Free Passes: States With 2 Major Party Candidates in Every US House Race

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Gubernatorial Highs and Lows

Two sitting governors currently hold the record for the highest gubernatorial vote ever received in their respective states by a non-incumbent: Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming (65.7 percent in 2010) and outgoing GOPer Dave Heineman of Nebraska (73.4 percent in 2006). Republican Gary Herbert of Utah had not previously won a gubernatorial contest when he notched a state record 64.1 percent for his first victory in 2010, but was an incumbent at the time after ascending to the position in 2009 after the early departure of Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, two sitting governors hold the record in their states for the lowest mark ever recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate (incumbent or otherwise): independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (36.1 percent in 2010) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (47.8 percent in 2013).


An Idaho Six Pack

Two-term Idaho Republican Governor Butch Otter only polled at 39 percent in a recent PPP survey of the state's 2014 race - just four points ahead of Democratic businessman A.J. Balukoff. Otter's low numbers reflect his own struggles as a candidate (witness his weak primary win against State Senator Russ Fulcher) combined with the opportunity for disgruntled Idahoans to cast their votes for one of four third party and independent candidates, who collectively received the support of 12 percent of likely voters: Libertarian John Bujak, the Constitution Party's Steve Pankey, and independents Jill Humble and Pro-Life (aka Marvin Richardson). The six candidate options in a gubernatorial race sets an all-time record in the Gem State across the 46 elections conducted since statehood. The previous high water mark of five candidates was reached in seven previous cycles: 1902, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1966, and 2010.


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