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Dem Schachtner beats GOP's Jarchow for 10th Senate District seat

Dem Schachtner beats GOP's Jarchow for 10th Senate District seat

Dem Schachtner beats GOP's Jarchow for 10th Senate District seat

The former St. Croix County medical examiner defeated the Republican state rep.in Wisconsin's 10th Senate district, a district that voted heavily for both Republicans Donald Trump and Mitt Romney in the past two presidential elections.

A Democrat resoundingly defeated her Republican rival to win the Wisconsin state Senate election Tuesday night, flipping a seat that had been red for almost two decades-a possible harbinger of doom for the GOP in the coming midterm elections. For the last 17 years, the seat was held by Republican state Senator Sheila Harsdorf, who stepped down in November to serve as Governor Scott Walker's agriculture secretary.

Patty Schachtner picked up 55 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow. In spite of questions whether some ideological overlap between Libertarian candidate Brian Corriea and Jarchow might affect the outcome, the numbers didn't bear it out: the Wilson man only received 1.2 percent of the vote.

It wasn't enough, even in a district that Barack Obama lost by 6 points in 2012 and Hillary Clinton lost by 17 to Trump.

"I was shocked", UW-Stout political scientist Rich Postlewaite said.

It's not the first Democratic pickup in rural territory, and they've shown big gains in other more rural, populist areas.

On election night, Schachtner said her win sends a message that voters are exhausted of negative politics. "That made me come across as authentic and kind and nice and approachable, and I think that had a lot to do with it".

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Her website features "education" at the top of a list of issues she wants to address, and she has said she would push to increase funding for public schools as well as support an effort to allow college graduates to pay off their student loans at lower interest rates.

Gubernatorial candidate Mike McCabe, a political activist, said the Schachtner win didn't surprise him based on people he's spoken with across the state who feel marginalized.

"That race is a wake-up call", Walker said Wednesday. Inspiring young people to move to our region for recreation, thriving local business, and broadband capabilities will bring more teachers and other professionals.

"At the end of the day, I really work hard at being nice and open and really reflecting Wisconsin values", Schachtner said, adding that when campaign materials against her went negative, "people were turned off by it".

2018 is not looking like it will be a good year for Republicans.

Just how much has the political climate changed since 2106? Republicans now hold an 18 to 14 majority, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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