Democrat wins special election for state Senate seat in Wisconsin

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In 2016, Trump won Wisconsin by less than 1 percentage point; in St. Croix County, he beat Hillary Clinton by 17 percentage points.

And beyond the dynamics in this particular race, the bigger picture is that Democrats have been doing quite well, on average, in special elections for both state legislature and congressional seats across the country ever since Trump won.

Freitag said pouring money into races, especially if that generates more negative ads, might not be the ideal solution for Republicans nervous about the prospect of losing seats in the November 6 election.

Thanks to predictions of a Democratic wave in 2018, a record number of House Republicans have announced they're retiring, and some likely candidates have opted not to run.

"In the Senate", the Democrat promised, "I will fight for tax fairness and make sure that everyone who does business in Wisconsin plays by the same rules". Inspiring young people to move to our region for recreation, thriving local business, and broadband capabilities will bring more teachers and other professionals.

A turning point in politics is happening right before our eyes and it may just result in the change we've been hoping for. A conservative group sponsoring Jarchow - the Koch brothers'-backed Americans for Prosperity - said in the run-up that "the eyes of the nation will be on western Wisconsin as voters go to the polls in the first special election of 2018".

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Walker argued both parties have worked together on legislation and says Wisconsinites should take a closer look at state efforts rather than what's happening in Washington.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called the loss "a wake-up call for Republicans". The governor, who is up for re-election to a third term this November, tweeted minutes after Schachtner's win. "Noting that "[Schachtner's] message of building up our communities and bridging our differences clearly had an impact as we saw some of the best numbers Democrats have seen in this district in decades", state Senator Jen Shilling, the Democratic leader in the chamber, said Tuesday, "The results from today show that Wisconsin is ready for a change in Madison".

Once Schachtner is sworn in, Republicans will hold an 18-14 majority in the state Senate with one vacant seat.

Meanwhile, some democrats say it's a sign of the future.

In this undated photo provided by the Patty for Senate Campaign, Patty Schachtner, the St. Croix County medical examiner and Somerset school board member, poses for a photo.

Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake.

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