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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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