Democratic gubernatorial candidates energized by upset win

Democratic gubernatorial candidates energized by upset win

Kerry Wise
January 19, 2018

Schachtner's 9-point win is all the more worrisome to the GOP because she won the state's 10th Senate District against a well-known Republican, state Rep. Adam Jarchow, for a seat held since 2001 by Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who left to become the state's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary.

On election night, Schachtner said her win sends a message that voters are exhausted of negative politics. Inspiring young people to move to our region for recreation, thriving local business, and broadband capabilities will bring more teachers and other professionals. Janet Bewley, a Democratic state senator from Wisconsin, says in the report that the working class "just wants a vehicle that runs, a vacation, and to be able to buy their kids the shoes they want rather than the shoes they need".

Scott Walker says dissatisfaction with national politics influenced a special election win by a Democrat in a state Senate district that Donald Trump won in 2016 by 17 points.

Schachtner is just the latest Democrat to win a seat that had once been considered virtually unwinnable for the party.

"In a lot of special elections, Democrats are doing better than they did in 2016 - even when they lose", said Michele Swers, an American government professor at Georgetown University.

But her win is a sign of hope for Democrats, who have been pushed to the brink of irrelevancy after seven years of Republican control of both legislative houses and the governor's office.

Wisconsin Senate District 10

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., one of 10 Democrats up for reelection this year in a state won by Trump, recorded a get-out-the-vote video for Schachtner. "We're not in touch with people", says Mr Kinney.

"My staff, we have been preparing for either-or, so we're ready", she said.

"Voters are flat-out rejecting the Trump-GOP agenda that gives another giant tax cut to the top 1% and wealthy corporations, and they know that the Democratic Party is fighting for working families like theirs", the statement says.

Walker responded by firing off a series of tweets that called the election a "WAKE UP CALL" and asked his followers to help him "spread the good news" about positive statewide educational and economic numbers.

"To me it's a huge loss for Governor Walker and the republicans, and people clearly want change and I think we're going to build on that come next fall and it will favor on the side of democrats", said Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen (District 30). That formula will be the winning one for Democrats in November, Vinehout said.

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