Recall elections underway in Wisconsin

August 9, 2011

Associated Press

Polls are open in six, high-stakes recall elections in Wisconsin.

Democrats are hoping to recapture control of the state Senate in a political fight that's attracted millions of dollars in spending by national unions and other outside groups.

The recall elections target incumbent Republicans and stem from anger over Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining proposal that attracted throngs of protesters to the state Capitol.

Besides the six Republicans on Tuesday's ballot, two Democratic incumbents face recalls next week. A third Democrat survived a recall attempt last month.

Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage in the Senate, so Democrats need to win five of the eight elections to take control.

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