Polls closed in Wisconsin at 8 PM CT, where voters decided whether to recall six Republican state senators. Four losses, two wins:
SD-02: Robert Cowles (R)
SD-10: Sheila Harsdorf (R)
SD-14: Luther Olsen (R)
SD-18: Jessica King (D)
SD-32: Jennifer Shilling (D)
SD-08: Alberta Darling (R)
Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 9:48 PM PT: Here's something to mull over: Could Dems coming up short tonight depress turnout for next week? Remember, two Democratic state senators, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch, also face recalls next Tuesday. Holperin in particular may be vulnerable.
Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 9:53 PM PT: If Dems had flipped around 2,000 votes in SD-08, pundits would be declaring tonight an earth-shattering victory. So I agree with those who are saying it would be foolish not to press onward, when the final margin was so small.
Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 10:07 PM PT: One final thought. Well, two. No, three. First off, a huge thanks to the Daily Kos Elections/Daily Kos crew for making tonight run so smoothly, and especially to jeffmd for his awesome modeling wizardry. Second, thanks also to the entire community for participating in this liveblog.
And finally, while we came up short tonight, we did something pretty amazing: We kicked two Republicans out of office in the middle of their terms. Not only that, but Dan Kapanke came within 3 points of getting elected to Congress last year. Now he's unemployed. He and Randy Hopper both have to pack their bags. Period. End of story. No second chances. And there's nothing wrong at all if that's bringing a smile to your face.