Recall elections

Darling asks people to move forward after beating Pasch

CREATED Aug. 10, 2011

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  • Melissa McCrady reports. Video by wtmj.com

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  • See TODAY'S TMJ4 coverage as the results came in. Video by wtmj.com

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  • The State Senator spoke about holding on to her seat in a recall election against Sandy Pasch. Video by wtmj.com

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THIENSVILLE - One of the Republicans who held onto their Senate seat despite recall elections against Democrats was River Hills Republican Alberta Darling.

She won one of the most fierce and expensive races, and Governor Walker himself said the race would be a nail biter.

The race went into the early morning, but Senator Darling held onto her seat and defeated Whitefish Bay Democratic State Representative Sandy Pasch by an eight percent margin.

Now, she's encouraging people to move on.

"It's time for us all to work together," insisted Darling to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady on Wednesday.

Darling admitted to herself that she might not win before the results were finalized, but she was able to declare victory shortly after midnight Wednesday morning.

The 20-year veteran of Wisconsin politics won by a comfortable margin despite predictions of a close race.

Pasch wanted to unseat Darling because of her support of the collective bargaining law, but Darling claims her win shows that a silent majority is paying attention.

"We stood up for the taxpayers and we won," said Darling.

"We won against the powerful special interest and we saved the Republican majority in the Senate, so the reforms will continue and continue on the path to grow jobs and the economy."