By Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans will have a 63-36 majority next year in the state Assembly after a Democrat who lost a close election concedes instead of seeking a recount.

Dick Cates said in a statement Thursday that he won’t ask for a recount in his race for the open 51st District seat in southwestern Wisconsin against Republican Todd Novak. Unofficial results showed Cates lost by 59 votes, and in his statement Cates says that grew to 64 votes after the votes were canvassed.

Republicans will have their largest majority since 1957 in the two-year session that begins in January. They increased their majority by three seats as a result of last week’s election.

The GOP also increased its hold on the Senate, gaining one seat for a 19-14 majority.

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