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La Crosse Dems Feel Doyle Win Means Momentum into Recall


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Democrats say the election of one of their own to the state Assembly this week could spell trouble for at least one Republican senator in the upcoming recall elections.

The Democrats took away a Republican seat in the La Crosse area, when County Board chairman Steve Doyle won the seat that used to be held by Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch.

Assembly Democrat Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse said Doyle’s victory was a “strong momentum builder” as she gets ready to face Senate Republican Dan Kapanke of La Crosse. They’ll square off in a recall election that’s now scheduled for July 12th.

Shilling vows to take nothing for granted, but UW-La Crosse professor Joe Heim agrees that Doyle’s victory gives Shilling an edge in her race. Heim says it could also help other Democrats in recall elections around the state.

That’s because of the strong support for Doyle from unions who were burned by Governor Scott Walker, and his effort to limit collective bargaining.

La Crosse County GOP chairman Bill Feehan attributes Doyle’s victory to his name recognition as the county board chairman – and he said it was especially helpful in a short campaign like the one just completed.

Up to 10 senators face recall elections for their actions connected with the union bill. State officials are still in the process of certifying petitions and ordering the elections.