Democratic gubernatorial candidates energized by upset win

Democratic gubernatorial candidates energized by upset win

Democratic candidates for governor say they are energized by the upset Democratic win in a state Senate special election.

The victory Tuesday by Patty Schachtner in the northwestern Wisconsin Senate district has sent shockwaves through the state’s politics. Democratic gubernatorial candidates who gathered for a forum Wednesday say it’s a sign that voters are fed up.

Former Democratic Party chairman and gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn says “there’s something in the air” and a “blue wave” is coming.

Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik says the Schachtner win shows Democrats are tired of “sitting on the sidelines not being heard.”

And former state Rep. Kelda Roys says the win shows that it’s a good year for women candidates. She, along with state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, are the two highest profile women running for governor.