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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

 10:13 PM 

Olsen: We did it!

A beaming Sen. Luther Olsen shouted “we did it” as he took the stage and declared victory over Democratic Rep. Fred Clark.

“This is the first time I ran against a Democrat,” Olsen said

“That was kinda fun -- maybe not,” he quipped.

Olsen said tonight's victory in the recall against him showed he was carrying out the wishes of his constituents.

“They were always saying 'Luther you're not listening to your constituents,” he said. “Tonight my constituents have spoken and we are on the path to recovery. We are moving the state forward and we did what the folks of the 14th Senate District wanted us to do.”

Olsen said the state is on the right path and said he hoped the GOP would retain the majority in the Senate.

“We cannot turn this state around and go backwards,” Olsen said. “Winning tonight for me would be bittersweet if we do not retain the majority.”

He said that should the GOP hang on to the majority it will show that “if you balance the budget without raising taxes folks back home will support you if you get it done.”

Olsen was joined on stage by his wife and two children and a handful of supporters.

He thanked his staff for their work and volunteers for enduring the hot summer months to help out the campaign.

“I could not have done this with out you,” he said to cheers.

He decried the abundance of negative ads in the race, saying people are tired of the attacks and lies.

He estimated more than $6 million was spent on the race.

“The only good thing about that is it was a lot of out-of-state money and we thank them for helping our economy.”

Olsen said the people of the district sent him there to make tough decisions.

“At the end of the day, we're still here and that's what counts.”

Olsen told WisPolitics he had not talked with Clark yet.

-- By David Wise

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