Dems Get Big Win In Wisconsin

By on January 18, 2018

Democrats scored a major upset in a Wisconsin State Senate race on Tuesday when voters chose Patty Schachtner over an incumbent Republican. President Trump won that district handily in the 2016 election, but Tuesday’s result suggest a growing dissatisfaction with the president’s agenda and with the Republican Party as a whole.

Don’t tell that to GOP Gov. Scott Walker, however, who blamed “national politics” for the upset and said that the race was a “wake up call for Republicans in Wisconsin.”

Instead, Schachtner believes it was her focus on the issues and running a clean campaign that convinced voters to send her to the state’s senate:

Schachtner, who entered the race in northwestern Wisconsin as the clear underdog, said her win suggests voters are tired of negative politics.

“People sent a message tonight: We don’t want to be negative anymore,” she said. “Change it up. I ran a positive campaign. … My message has always been be kind, be considerate and we need to help people when they’re down.”

The win comes in a district that has leaned Republican for some time. Mitt Romney took it by 6 points in the 2012 election, and not even 14 months ago Donald Trump won handily by 17 points. GOP Rep. Sheila Harsdorf had held the seat for 15 years before she resigned last fall to work in Walker’s administration.

The fight for Wisconsin isn’t over for Democrats, though. Republicans still have an 18-14 edge in the state Senate. Elections this fall will determine the makeup of the legislature and if Tuesday’s results are any indications, Democrats have a puncher’s chance at wrestling control away from the Republicans.

One need look no further than Virginia to see the overwhelming gains that can be made simply running for reasonable policies and opposing the Trumpian politics that have now become the national platform of the GOP.