On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Wisconsin Democrats claimed victory with the end of the Wisconsin recalls --Â in which they gained two state Senate seats, just short of the three needed to take a majority, and where their own incumbents fended off Republican challenges.
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"In the wake of this historic recall season, we really see Democrats with the most momentum and most success on the board. We won an obvious majority in these elections, five of nine contests," said Tate, referring to the two Democratic pickups, and three successful defenses by Dem incumbents.
"And this is an important point, all three recalls against Democrats failed - not a single Democrat was recalled for standing up to Scott Walker and the extreme Republican agenda. On the other hand, two Republicans from red districts were recalled for supporting Scott Walker and his agenda."
One reporter asked Tate if the recall election season could truly be called a success, after many millions of dollars were spent, to remain in the minority. "Well look, obviously we would have loved to swing 1,200 votes in Baraboo and Ripon and had an official Democratic majority," Tate said. "But if the goal was to change the face of the state Senate in Wisconsin, we've done that."