Wisconsin state senators face recall elections Tuesday

August 9, 2011

City Room and the Associated Press

Voters in Wisconsin head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in six recall elections for the state Senate. The elections are targeting six Republican  senators and the outcome of the contests could determine which party holds majority control in the chamber. 

The recall elections also have been cast as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's conservative agenda and are considered a precursor of the 2012 presidential campaign where Wisconsin is expected to be a hotbed of activity.

Tuesday's elections were spawned by anger over Walker's proposal taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers. Two Democrats who fled to Illinois for weeks to avoid voting on the bill will face recall elections of their own next week.

Democrats need to win five of the eight elections to take over majority control.

More than $31 million has been spent on the recalls thus far.