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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

 1:15 AM 

GOP, Dems react to results

Both sides are reacting to Tuesday's results, with Republicans saying voters validated the first months of the Walker administration and Dems saying it's just the beginning.

"Voters made a clear choice to continue down the path of economic progress that Wisconsin has been on for the past seven months," said state GOP Executive Director Stephan Thompson. "The assault that was unleashed on our state by national unions and special interest groups has been defeated by the will of the taxpayers to move our state forward, and put the needs of Wisconsin families above union demands."

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said his caucus will "continue doing what we promised the people of Wisconsin."

"It looks like the special interests were able to defeat senators Hopper and Kapanke, two exceptional senators," Fitzgerald said. "They took a bullet for the taxpayers, and the people of Wisconsin owe them a debt of gratitude for putting the interests of the state before their own."

Senate Dem Leader Mark Miller of Monona said that while his party didn't win the majority "we have not lost."

"We pushed the Republicans and their special interest allies to the limit in strongly Republican districts," Miller said. "The middle class and working families stood up to the special interests and the right-wing extremists and won."

State Dem Party Chairman Mike Tate said his party has "begun the work of stopping the Scott Walker agenda" on GOP turf.

"On Tuesday night, Wisconsin spoke loud and clear with the recall of two entrenched Republicans," Tate said. "This is an accomplishment of historic proportions that I do not wish to be overshadowed by statements regarding results in the 8th Senate District."

Tate said the party would not pursue questions of irregularities in the 8th, where Republican Sen. Alberta Darling fended off a challenge from Dem Rep. Sandy Pasch.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker said that while voters sought fiscal responsibility and a focus on jobs last year, they "also want us to work together to grow jobs and improve our state."

"With that in mind, earlier this evening I reached out to the leadership of both the Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly and State Senate," Walker said. "I shared with them that I believe we can work together to grow jobs and improve our state."

-- By Andy Szal

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