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Attorney wins GOP primary in Wis. recall election

The Associated Press

Attorney Jonathan Steitz has won a Republican primary in a Wisconsin recall election, and now advances to challenge Democratic state Sen. Robert Wirch next month.

Steitz has 64 percent of Tuesday's vote, with 73 percent of precincts reporting. He defeated Fred Ekornaas,a retired Kenosha County sheriff and current county board vice chairman.

The recall effort followed Republican Gov. Scott Walker's divisive plan taking away collective-bargaining rights from most public workers.

Six Republican state senators face recall elections next month for supporting the plan. Holperin and two Democratic colleagues were targeted for fleeing the state to stall it.

Steitz and Wirch will square off in a general election Aug. 16.