State Sen. Leibham's Decision could Create Senate Power Shift

MADISON -- There are a number of state legislators linked to running for the open congressional seat.

There are many state lawmakers who could run for his seat...

Capitol insiders on both sides of the aisle say the same thing.

After Senator Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) announced his retirement-- a potential power shift hinges on whether Senator Joe Leibham (R- West Bend) runs for Congress.

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Leibham's staffers tell us he hasn't made his decision yet.font-family:\"Times New Roman\",\"serif\"\">

But Monday, Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released a statement saying he will not be throwing his hat into the ring, and says he's focused on re-election for his current state senate seat.\"Times New Roman\",\"serif\"\">

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