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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 8:44 PM 

Holperin, Simac parties starting up

Supporters of state Sen. Jim Holperin and GOP challenger Kim Simac have gathered to watch election returns as they await the outcome of today’s most watched recall race.

Holperin’s backers gathered at the Best Western Claridge Hotel in downtown Rhinelander. About 75 people are packed into a small room off the Claridge Club, the hotel bar. Many are wearing green Holperin for Senate T-shirts or red We Are Wisconsin T-shirts.

There was a round of applause after it was announced that Holperin won Sugar Camp, a GOP area. According to the Oneida County Clerk's website, Holperin had 453 votes there to 412 for Simac.

Simac’s backers are at the Eagle River Inn. The banquet room currently has around 45 people in it gathered around the bar and tables set up on the dance floor. The Brewers game is on TV, but it seems most of the supporters are talking amongst themselves.

Meanwhile, the four TV stations in attendance have their cameras aimed at the lectern where Simac will likely speak later this evening

-- By Bob Imrie and Arthur Thomas

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