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Wanggaard not conceding, not yet asking for recount after unofficial Lehman win

CREATED Jun 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Jun 6, 2012

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RACINE - The campaign for Racine Republican State Senator Van Wanggaard has not conceded victory to Democrat John Lehman in a recall election, but has said they are not yet asking for a recount.

“We know that there are a number of outstanding absentee ballots, voting irregularities, and that there were problems across the county in the unofficial tally of ballots,” said Wanggaard in a statement.

“People across the state and country have asked that I immediately ask for a recount. However, we all know that the best decisions are made when well-rested and after consideration of all options.”

Lehman unofficially won the election by less than two percentage points on Tuesday night, and has declared victory. 

If that result is made official, the State Senate would then have a 17-16 Democratic majority.

"The county board of canvass will go through all of that and certify the results to the state," Racine County Clerk Wendy Christiansen told TODAY'S TMJ4's Todd Hicks.

“We will closely monitor the canvass of votes with legal representation. We will evaluate our options regarding recounts following the official count of ballots.," said Wanggaard.

"800 votes is enough to survive...I'll be unhappy if they put us through that," said Lehman to Hicks.