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Democratic state Sen. John Lehman to run for lieutenant governor

Wisconsin State Senator John Lehman (D-Racine). (Photo by: legis.wisconsin.gov)
Wisconsin State Senator John Lehman (D-Racine). (Photo by: legis.wisconsin.gov)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Senator John Lehman of Racine Monday became the first Democrat to run for lieutenant governor next November. 

The 68-year-old Lehman had faced a tough re-election battle in a Senate district that became more Republican as the result of the GOP's redistricting maps in 2011. 

Lehman lost his Senate seat in 2010 to Republican Van Wanggaard -- but he won it back almost a year-and-a-half ago, when Wanggaard was recalled by voters in an election under the old district boundaries set a decade before. 

In Wisconsin, voters nominate party finalists separately for governor and lieutenant governor -- and the two primary winners then form a ticket for the November contest. 

So far, former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke is the only announced Democratic candidate for governor. There's been no indication that any Republicans would challenge GOP incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch -- and that she would stay on as Scott Walker's running mate.

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