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Democrats push to regain control of state Senate starts today

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin primary voters will choose nominees Tuesday for contests in November which could let Democrats regain control of the state Senate.

Primaries will be held in 4 open Senate districts where Republican incumbents are stepping down.

The one attracting the most buzz is the southwest Wisconsin seat given up by long-time Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center. That's where two Democrats are running for a chance to defeat conservative Representative Howard Marklein in November, in a district that's considered to be moderate.

Democrats would have to take away two GOP seats to take back control of the Senate.

In Racine, former GOP Senator Van Wanggaard hopes to win his seat back with victories today and in November.

Another hot contest is in the Janesville area, where Senate Democrat Tim Cullen is stepping down. Former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan faces Assembly Democrat Janis Ringhand for a spot on the November ballot.

Republicans expect to keep the majority in the Assembly, where they have an ample 60 to 39 majority.

10 Assembly primaries are being held in districts where only one party has candidates. Those winners will most likely be elected Tuesday.

Five Republican and five Democratic primary fields have no opposing party candidates awaiting them in November. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)