Democrats make longshot push for state Senate

Republicans expected to keep control of Assembly
Democrats make longshot push for state Senate

Democrats are making a longshot push to retake the state Senate, hoping a victory in a moderate southwestern Wisconsin district will help propel them to a majority.

Republicans are expected to maintain control of the state Assembly, but the GOP holds a slim 17-15 edge with one vacancy in the Senate going into Tuesday’s elections. Seventeen of the chamber’s 33 seats are up for election. Two Democrats are unopposed, which means the party needs seven wins for a majority.

Democrats have targeted the 17th Senate District in southwestern Wisconsin, where Republican incumbent Dale Schultz decided not to run again after butting heads with party bosses. The district leans moderate, giving Democrats hope that their candidate, attorney Pat Bomhack, can defeat Republican state Rep. Howard Marklein.