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Recounts possible in four state-house races


MADISON (WSAU)  Recounts are possible in three Wisconsin Assembly elections from Tuesday, along with one Senate race. But no matter what happens Republicans will still have control of both houses. In most cases, the losing candidates say they’ll review their options after the ballots are officially canvassed in the next few days. But there’s only one contest in which the margin of defeat is less than one-half-of-one-percent – and thus, it’s the only case in which taxpayers would cover the cost of a recount. That’s in the 72nd Assembly District, where first-term Republican Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids holds a 114-vote lead over fire-fighter Justin Pleuss.

In the 70th Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Amy Sue Vruwink of Milladore has a 168-vote lead over car dealer Nancy VanderMeer of Tomah. In the Eau Claire’s 93rd District, Republican Warren Petryk had a 500-vote lead over former Representative Jeff Smith. One state Democratic campaign official doubted there would be a recount, saying the result is not that close.

In the Senate, Oshkosh Democrat Jessica King – who won a recall election last summer – is waiting for the canvass to decide on a recount, after losing by 590 votes to Fond du Lac Republican Rick Gudex. That race is being closely watched, because a Gudex victory would let Republicans pass what they want without having to deal with moderate Republican Dale Schultz – who killed the G-O-P’s mining package last spring with the help of Democrats.