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State Senate seat in western Wisconsin won by Democratic candidateSubmitted: 01/17/2018
State Senate seat in western Wisconsin won by Democratic candidate
Story By Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - A historically red district in Wisconsin that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016 has voted in a Democrat in a special election.

Patty Schachtner beat GOP state Representative Adam Jarchow to become the first Democrat to represent the 10th Senate District in at least 16 years.

Jarchow tweeted his concession late Tuesday, when Schachtner was leading by roughly 1,600 votes out of more than 20,000 cast and returns were largely complete across five counties.

The results won't affect control of the state Senate, where Republicans hold an 18-13 advantage.

Schachtner will replace Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who resigned to serve as state agriculture secretary.

Every county in the district voted for Trump in 2016. Schachtner says her victory could be a bad sign for Republicans statewide.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says dissatisfaction with national politics influenced the special election.

Walker told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee that the Democratic win was a "wake-up call to distinguish between the inaction of Washington versus the positive action we are taking in Wisconsin."

He did not blame Trump by name, but said there is "frustration overall" with Washington.

Walker says he thinks "people look at Washington and think there's not as much getting done as maybe some people had hoped."


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