Dems say Schachtner senate win is a sign of things to come

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Democrat Patty Schachtner of Somerset pulled off a shocker by knocking off state Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, in the 10th Senate District special election called after GOP Gov. Scott Walker appointed 17-year incumbent state Sen. "Hard to overstate the anxiety this will cause", tweeted conservative radio host Charlie Sykes, while on the left, Democrats and progressives celebrated snatching a seat held by the G.O.P. for 17 years. Kathleen Vinehout, said she felt Schachtner's win was a rejection of negative campaigning targeting Schachtner and a testament to her grass-roots campaigning.

"In a statement, Schachtner said her campaign was about ". investing in people and revitalizing our area, whether that is making sure 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.

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That said, Republicans will still hold a 18-14 majority in Wisconsin.

After victories in Republican strongholds in recent months, beleaguered Democrats had one more reason to use the term "blue wave" after Patty Schachtner scored an upset win for a northwestern Wisconsin Senate seat Tuesday. Schachtner, a medical examiner in St. Croix County, won by 9 points - a massive swing in a district that former senator Sheila Harsdorf, a Republican, won in 2016 with 63.2 percent of the vote.

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The state has seen its share of political tumult over the past decade: The state Capitol was controlled by Democrats before Walker's election in 2010, when Republicans also took control of both chambers.

Democrat Patty Schachtner says her victory in a special Senate election sends a message that voters are exhausted of negative politics.

"We all have times in our life when we struggle, and it's not about what we do when we're down but about what we do when we get back up", Schachtner said Wednesday, adding that voters thought the attacks were over the top.

"My staff, we have been preparing for either-or, so we're ready", she said. Schachtner says her victory could be a bad sign for Republicans statewide.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Republicans, led by the governor, referred to the 10th District election as a "wake-up call" that should motivate GOP voters to protect the party's total control of state government. That formula will be the winning one for Democrats in November, Vinehout said.

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