Dem Schachtner Beats Jarchow to Take Senate Seat

Cheryl Sanders
January 17, 2018

"Senate District 10 special election win by a Democrat is a wake up call for Republicans in Wisconsin", Walker tweeted.

Democrat Patty Schachtner beat Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow in Wisconsin's 10th Senate District on Tuesday, the latest in a recent series of Democratic victories nationwide. The party also out-performed their 2016 margins in a number of congressional special elections, and picked up a Senate seat in deep-red Alabama in December, narrowing Republicans' Senate majority.

Schachtner took 55 percent of the vote to Jarchow's 44 percent in unofficial returns.

Every county in the district voted for Trump in 2016.

Schachtner said the victory "certainly could be" a bad sign for Republicans elsewhere in the state this year, but for now she's just focused on serving her new constituents.

This upset in particular, however, caught Republican Governor Scott Walker's attention.

The Wisconsin result is yet another poor local election result for Republicans, who are seeing mounting signs of a wave election in 2018 as Democrats have made pickups across the country. "Change it up. My message has always been be kind, be considerate and we need to help people when they're down".

Prior to Tuesday night, Democrats had already picked up a handful of state legislative seats in areas Trump carried in 2016. Americans for Prosperity spent $50,000 to boost Jarchow, while the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund spent almost as much on advertisements for Schachtner.

Schachtner's victory doesn't change the balance of power in the Senate.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says control of the Wisconsin Senate is now in play, which has significant implications for 2020 redistricting: "Once she is seated, Republicans will hold an 18-14 advantage, with one district vacant". Republicans sensed it, too. "In South Carolina's 99th House District, Democrat Cindy Boatwright lost with 43 percent of the vote; the party had not run a candidate for the seat in this decade".

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