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Little publicity surrounds four state Senate recalls on June 5


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites are focused on Governor Scott Walker’s recall election.

But relatively little statewide publicity has been given lately to the four state Senate contests next Tuesday – and how they could affect the balance of power in the Legislature.

The impact will not be noticed right away, because lawmakers won’t go back into session until two months after November’s scheduled elections. But the Joint Finance Committee can still make decisions without the full Legislature’s approval. If Democrats can win just one of next Tuesday’s 4 contests, they could gain a little edge by taking over the Senate majority.

If nothing else, Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald tells Politico.Com that next Tuesday could either create momentum for his party in November or, “stymie our ability to make the case that we’re going to roll right into November and add to our majority.”

Fitzgerald, of Juneau, faces a recall challenge from Democrat Lori Compas of Fort Atkinson.

In the Racine area, Republican Van Wanggaard will run against the incumbent he defeated in 2010, Democrat John Lehman.

In the Eau Claire region, Republican Terry Moulton faces former Assembly Democrat Kristen Dexter. And in north central Wisconsin, Assembly Republican Jerry Petrowski faces Assembly Democrat Donna Seidel for Galloway’s former Senate seat.