Democrats Just Flipped Another Senate Seat From Red To Blue In Wisconsin
Democrats in Wisconsin scored a major upset victory Tuesday night, winning a state Senate seat in a district that went for Donald Trump by double digits in 2016.
Democratic candidate Caleb Frostman defeated state Rep. Andre Jacque (R) for the open seat in District 1 that was previously held by state Sen. Frank Lasee (R), who resigned to take a job in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration.
A court had to order Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to call the special election because he tried to block it.
Frostman’s win is especially sweet for Democrats because Walker tried to prevent Tuesday’s special election from taking place to begin with. The vacancy was created when Walker tapped the incumbent to join his administration in December.
State law requires the governor to call special elections for vacancies that take place before May in an election year, but Walker had refused to do so. But the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a group led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, sued Walker ― and won.
“Scott Walker and his Republican allies gerrymandered this district for their own partisan benefit,” said Holder on Tuesday night, “but the citizens of Wisconsin are clearly speaking out this year to demand a state government that better represents their values.”
Although Frostman’s term is short, his win is a huge victory for the Democratic Party. Not only was the seat held by a Republican, but Trump defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton there by 17 points in the 2016 presidential election. Trump also won the state of Wisconsin overall.
“Tonight is a good night for Wisconsin Democrats,” said state party chair Martha Laning. “We continued a winning streak by flipping a red seat blue and electing Caleb Frostman to the state Senate, a 21-point swing from Trump’s 2016 performance.”
Democrats have flipped 43 state legislative seats from red to blue since Trump became president. Republicans have flipped seven from blue to red.