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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 10:38 PM 

Holperin says he's never seen such commitment, energy from volunteers

Dem state Sen. Jim Holperin thanked a cheering crowd of about 100 supporters for his win in the 12th SD, telling them he has never had seen such a commitment and energy from workers in a campaign.

“You did a hell of a job,” Holperin said. “That is what made the difference in this race.”

With 79 percent of the vote in, Holperin had 23,756 votes, or 54 percent, to 20,150 votes, or 46 percent for Tea Party activist and small business owner Kim Simac.

It is the second time Holperin has survived a recall election. Voters failed to recall him from his old Assembly seat in 1990 over spear fishing rights for American Indians.

Holperin said Tuesday's win signals that voters rejected Simac’s contention that the recall was all about him leaving the state during the debate over the governor’s collective bargaining bill.

“Maybe delaying the vote on the collective bargaining bill was more good than bad,” Holperin said.

The Democrat said the Republican's new 17-16 majority in the Senate will “signal the start of a new era of a moderate approach to public policy, starting with the governor.”

The crowd erupted with chants of "Recall Walker, recall Walker, recall Walker."

Holperin smiled at the crowd.

"Later,” he said as the crowd cheered some more.

-- By Bob Imrie

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