GOP wins back control of Wis. Senate

GOP wins back control of Wis. Senate

Wisconsin Republicans have reclaimed control of the state Senate, putting them a step away from free rein across state government once again.

Results from Tuesday’s elections show Republicans captured an open seat and four incumbent Republicans fended off challengers, giving them the majority.

If Republicans hold their majority in the Assembly, they’ll have complete control of state government again.

Republicans gained control of the governor’s office, the Senate and the Assembly in 2010. But Democrats wrested control of the Senate from them in June’s recall elections.

Democrats had forced Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP senators into the recalls as payback for Walker’s law that stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights.