Last recall drive targeting Wisconsin senator fails

Recall drives have ended with the last petition targeting a Wisconsin Democratic senator for leaving the state in protest of an anti-union bill falling short.

An organizer for the effort to recall Sen. Julie Lassa of Stevens Point says the group collected a third of the signatures needed to trigger a recall election. The deadline was Monday.

That leaves six GOP and three Democratic senators in line for recalls because of their support or opposition to a bill that would curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees. A judge has blocked the law from taking effect.

If the petitions are certified, most recall elections would likely be held on July 12. Election officials are expected to make final decisions on eight of the recall petitions by June 3.