MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrats in Wisconsin have prevailed in the first of four elections over the next month that will determine whether anger over Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union proposal will translate into a loss of power for Republicans in the Statehouse.
All six Democratic candidates won primary races on Tuesday against candidates put on the ballot by the Republicans. Those so-called fake Democrats ran to delay the general election for the incumbents until Aug. 9.
Five of the six real Democratic candidates won with at least 65 percent of the vote, based on unofficial results. A sixth won with 54 percent in a hotly contested district in western Wisconsin that has attracted a lot of outside spending.
Democrats need three seats to take majority control away from the Republicans.