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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Jim Holperin
Wisconsin Democrats sought Tuesday to hold the ground they gained in last week's recall elections by fending off Republican attempts to oust two senators who fled the state in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal curbing public employee collective bargaining rights.
After falling short of recapturing the state Senate majority last week, Democrats came up big winners in Tuesday night’s final Wisconsin recall election, retaining two seats in hotly contested districts that drew record voter turnout and unprecedented spending.
Wisconsin Democrats, fueled by millions of dollars in spending by national unions and other outside groups, are hoping to wrest control of the state Senate away from Republicans through six recall elections Tuesday that stemmed from anger over Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining proposal.
The Wisconsin elections board ruled Tuesday that three more Republican state senators will have to face recall elections in coming weeks.
Wisconsin's Democratic state senators returned to work Tuesday with little fanfare, a stark contrast to the scene in February when their dramatic decision to flee the state in protest over an anti-union bill helped fuel massive protests that made the state the center of a national fight over union rights.