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Republican Jon Plumer wins the 42nd Assembly District seat

LODI, Wis. - Republican Jon Plumer will be the next State Assembly Rep. for the 42nd District of Wisconsin, according to election results

The 42nd Assembly District seat became vacant more than five months ago, when Rep. Keith Ripp resigned to serve in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. 

News 3 spoke with both candidates in May. Plumer said it was his goal to shake every hand in the legislative district, while Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd said she's hoping to keep the momentum of the Blue Wave. 

Groves Lloyd conceded defeat in the race for the open seat.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's special election in the 42nd Assembly District showed Plumer with a sizeable lead. Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokeswoman Melanie Conklin said Lloyd told her supporters she had conceded about 9:30 p.m.

Groves Lloyd started working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the '80s and retired just this year. She's also a Lodi alder. Plumer is a Town Board member and serves on the EMS commission. He also owns a karate studio in town. 

This legislative district covers most of Columbia County and parts of five other counties. Voter turnout in Lodi is higher than usual for this type of race. 

"It's my civil right and I served in the United States Army so I just want to keep it going," voter Joe Ludlum said.

"They stop by my door constantly, so I've already made up my mind, but I'm not going to share it," Chuck Phipps said. 

Plumer and Groves Lloyd have been very visible in the area, with flyers, signs and ads. Gene Rubenstein of Pardeeville also ran as an independent. 

The polls were open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Click here to see the full election results

The win strengthens Republicans' hold on the Assembly, boosting their majority to 64-35. 

An AP report said Groves Lloyd  and Plumer are registered to run for the same seat in November


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