Walker says voters unhappy with Washington
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. 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.
Walker told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee that the Democratic win was a “wake-up call to distinguish between the inaction of Washington versus the positive action we are taking in Wisconsin.”
He did not blame Trump by name, but said there is “frustration overall” with Washington.
Walker says he thinks “people look at Washington and think there’s not as much getting done as maybe some people had hoped.”
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.
Democrat wins seat in traditionally red Wisconsin district
A historically red district in Wisconsin that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2016 has voted in a Democrat in a special election.
Patty Schachtner beat GOP state Rep. Adam Jarchow to become the first Democrat to represent the 10th Senate District in at least 16 years.
Jarchow tweeted his concession late Tuesday, when Schachtner was leading by roughly 1,600 votes out of more than 20,000 cast and returns were largely complete across five counties.
The results won’t affect control of the state Senate, where Republicans hold an 18-13 advantage.
Schachtner will replace Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who resigned to serve as state agriculture secretary.
Every county in the district voted for Trump in 2016. Schachtner says her victory could be a bad sign for Republicans statewide.
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