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Blue Wave Rising: Democrats Score Big Win In Wisconsin Special Election


Blue Wave Rising: Democrats Score Big Win In Wisconsin Special Election

In a massive swing to Democrats in a Republican-heavy area ahead of November’s midterms, Democrat Patty Schachtner scored a 9-point victory in a special election in Wisconsin’s State Senate District 10 last night, flipping a district that had been held by the GOP since 2000 and that President Trump won by 17 points in 2016.

It was the latest in a string of election victories for Democrats since Trump took office, and a sign of hope for the party that the energy from the base and frustration with the president could lead to more wins in November.

Schachtner, the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County, won by 9 percentage points,  The Washington Post reported.

Republican Sheila Harsdorf had held the seat since 2001, but she left in November to become Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s agriculture secretary. In 2016, Harsdorf won re-election by 26 percentage points, and Trump beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by 17 points. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the district in 2012.

“This campaign was about investing in people and revitalizing our area, whether that is making sure that every Wisconsinite has access to affordable health care, funding our public schools, technical colleges and UW campuses, or investing in good-paying jobs right here in Western Wisconsin,” Schachtner said in a statement. “Tonight, voters showed that they share those priorities, and I am deeply grateful for their support.”

Schachtner’s GOP opponent, Attorney Adam Jarchow, conceded the race Tuesday night.

“I just called Patty Schachtner and congratulated her on her victory tonight. I look forward to working with her as our new state Senator. Thank you to all who worked so hard for our campaign,” he tweeted.

Republicans clearly sensed that this district was vulnerable. The conservative Americans for Prosperity spent at least $50,000 on ads, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce threw in another $80,000.

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