Skip to comments.Statement from Senator Van Wanggaard (May ask for Recount-WI Senate)
Posted on 06/06/2012 3:49:20 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2012
Statement from Senator Van Wanggaard
Over 70,000 people voted yesterday in a historic election. We know that there are a number of outstanding absentee ballots, voting irregularities, and that there were problems across the county in the unofficial tally of ballots. People across the state and country have asked that I immediately ask for a recount.
However, we all know that the best decisions are made when well-rested and after consideration of all options. We will closely monitor the canvass of votes with legal representation. We will evaluate our options regarding recounts following the official count of ballots.
The seat is through 2014, so can’t be won back this November. The senate can be won back then though.
Then he better go for a recount.
The vote isn’t official yet, but it looks like Van Wanggaard narrowly lost. But they will face off again in November and Republicans privately predict he’ll win the rematch.
No, the seat is through 2012.
The Rat bastards stole this one.
Buzz kill. For me a complete one, sorry. That glass is half empty. We got some good press from Walker, yippy. It was clear for some time he was in no danger despite democrat delusions.
They stole 3 State Senate seats. 1 this time, 2 last time. They took 3 offices we had and thus majority control. The city precincts are always the last to report, cause they have more people? Sure that’s the excuse. They won something, we only kept something we already had. We were robbed and we’re happy they only stole the moderately priced china and not the new flatscreen.
I was listening to a replay of Bret Baier after I heard about this race and it made me sick. Only 80% of the vote was in when was talking and he said Walker’s margin could go up, it went down cause Milwaukee wasn’t all in yet. You suck Bret, this is your job. So does the person who claimed the democrat conceded the race at 10:00 with 30% of the vote in even though I didn’t believe them.
The unions control the Senate now. That means nothing good passes until they don’t.
AUH20, what’s the prognosis for November? As I recall half the seats are up and the other Senators will represent districts they’ve never been elected in until 2014 (which is silly). We drew the lines so we better win.
What is with the WI Senate? Rats are sure possessive of it. We just can’t hang on to that ****er even when it was 19-14 after November ‘10.
BAN RECALLS. CRUSH UNIONS.
Sorry I’ll step back from the ledge now but I had to express myself.
Relax. The WI state senate will not convene before the November elections unless Walker calls a special session, which he won’t. It is a truly meaningless victory, and there are 10 Democrat senators and only six Republicans that have to defend seats in November. It’ll be back in Republican hands after the election.
You're wrong. This is a nothingburger.
From today's Best of the Web (Wall Street Journal):
--> The AFL-CIO sent out a victory email, and not on behalf of Obama. "Last night, Wisconsin took back its Senate," declared the email, signed by the labor federation's president, Richard Trumka. What he means is that the Democrats took back a majority in the Wisconsin Senate, and that actually looks to be true: Although the vote was close and a recount is possible, the donks are leading in one Senate recall race, enough to give them a 17-16 majority.
--> But this silver lining is a mere sliver. As we noted yesterday, the Senate doesn't meet until next year unless Gov. Walker calls a special session. By that time, 16 senators--10 Democrats and 6 Republicans--will have faced the voters, and in districts redrawn by a GOP legislature.
I know I should chill but it (ticks) me off to no end.
I’m glad the Leg session is over but you never know when an emergency might crop up that requires immediate action.
And I know we *should win the Senate back but never could I imagine losing it in the first place in between elections when it was 19-14!
I’m not “wrong” about my own feelings. ;p
I may be wrong to have had them in the first place (that’s what you mean, I know) but any win for them boils me blood.
The official count could be significantly different.
Wouldn’t it be great if the unions lost all the recalls and a recount caught the unions cheating?
Great point...thanks for that
i like his response. measured. but make no mistake, he needs to fight for every vote (and non vote) tooth and nail. something very fishy went on in that county and it needs to be exposed if nothing else.
it doesn’t matter about the fall. this is a fight on principle and safeguarding of the vote and future votes.
no you’re not wrong. every hard earned dollar tea partiers (like me) spent to support wanggaard. every legitimate vote needs to be guarded and respected.
no quarter. no let up. no “relaxing.” the country is on the line. every election. every vote.
Is Lehman up for re-election in Nov. ? Are you sure? I should think that Van Wanggaard wouldn’t have been eligible for recall if his term was up in Nov.
From what I’ve heard, the GOP will pick up at least 2 WI senate seats in November thanks to skillful redistricting. So the GOP will control the senate again in January.
RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Van Wanggaard says hes not about to hand control of the Wisconsin Senate to the Democrats, without a thorough review of the votes cast in his recall election.
The Election Night tally showed that Wanggaard lost to Democrat John Lehman by 779 votes, or 1.1 percent out of 72,000 votes cast Tuesday.
But Wanggaard tells WRJN Radio in Racine that at least 600 absentee ballots have still not been counted. The station says there have been reports of voting irregularities throughout Racine County, and problems with the unofficial tally.
So Wanggaard says hell hold tight before conceding, and see what the countys official canvass has to say. That canvass is required to be done by June 15th, and Wanggaard could then seek a recount no later than June 20th.
He said people across Wisconsin and the country have asked him to seek an immediate recount but he cant until the canvass is done. If the canvass shows that he lost by more than one-half-of-one-percent, his campaign would have to pay for a recount instead of taxpayers.
Wanggard defeated Lehman in the last Senate election in 2010. If his loss holds up, Democrats will have a one vote majority in the Senate at least until the scheduled fall elections.
About 1:15 I looked up C-Span results and found Wanggaard at 28,940 Lehman at 26,060 with 100% of 168 precincts reporting. Wanggaard was ahead by 2880 votes after midnight but the race was not called as the other three Senate seats had been.
The morning paper had Wanggaard up an additional 6536 votes for a total of 35,476. Lehman was up 10,195 votes for a total of 36,255 and a winning margin of 779.
How many times have we seen a tight race suddenly change hands when another box of ballots magically turns up in somebodies trunk or a flock of absentee ballots falls from the sky to turn a loss into a 1.086% win for the democrat (small enough as not to arouse suspicion but big enough so that Van pays for the recount, just like the script says). This plot line has been seen so many times as to become a seriously bad joke. Every freaking ballot from the 21st district needs to be scrutinized until Lehman drops dead of old age.
You are absolutely right in your analysis. They won the Senate. We lost 3 seats that should have been ours. But, we have the chance to win them back in 5 months, and they won’t meet before then.
There are not that many votes total. He should go for a recount. How many same day registrations were there? How many bogus votes were bussed in?
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