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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

 1:52 AM 

Lehman confident his victory will withstand recount

As Tuesday night turned to Wednesday morning, former Sen. John Lehman declared victory in the 21st Senate District, giving Dems control of the Legislature’s upper house.

“I really believe that a divided Legislature often moves towards reasonableness,” Lehman told reporters.

He said his margin of victory was less than 1,000 votes, but added that he had not seen an exact count.

“Remember how months ago we were talking about how this might be a tight one? It was a tight one,” Lehman said.

Lehman said that his campaign feels the numbers are strong enough to prevail even if there is a recount. He said he had not spoken to his opponent, Van Wanggaard, and acknowledged there had been no concession.

“I can see why he might do that, if it is that close, we might have to have a recount,” Lehman said.

Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, told WisPolitics that more results had come in since Wanggaard spoke to supporters and said it was reasonable decision at the time.

Lehman said his first action tomorrow would be to pick up yard signs, joking that they were all over town. Asked how it felt to reclaim his Senate seat, Lehman was understandably upbeat.

“Feels good. Done campaigning.”

-- By Arthur Thomas

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