Wisconsin Democrats Flip 34th Seat From Red To Blue

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January 16, 2018
Mara Sloan
DLCC Communications Director
[email protected]
Wisconsin Democrats Flip 34th Seat From Red To Blue
Democratic state Senator-elect Patty Schachtner carries special election for SD-10
WASHINGTON — Tonight Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Jessica Post celebrated Wisconsin state Senator-elect Patty Schachtner’s victory in the special election for Wisconsin Senate District 10. Schachtner’s victory marks the 34th district to flip from red to blue since Trump’s inauguration, continuing state Democrats’ trend of drastic overperformance in districts carried by Trump in the 2016 election.
Schachtner, a St. Croix County Medical Examiner and Somerset School Board member, was named to DLCC’s Spotlight Races and her victory is a critical step forward as Democrats aim to retake the Wisconsin Senate ahead of 2020 redistricting.The community rallied around Schachtner — especially the weekend before the election when volunteers knocked on over 23,000 doors and made nearly 20,000 calls in support of her campaign.
“Congratulations to Senator-elect Schachtner on this impressive and important victory,” said Post. “Patty’s win tonight perfectly encapsulates the local progressive movement the DLCC is supporting in states across the country. An active community leader, Senator-elect Schachtner shared her lifelong connection to the district and connected with her future constituents about the issues they care about, from investing more in education to ensuring rural areas have access to quality health care and helping businesses grow to boost the local economy. The DLCC is proud of the investments we made in the state and look forward to retaking the Wisconsin Senate in 2018.”
Wisconsin Democrats scored an additional win this evening in the special election for Assembly District 66 where Greta Neubauer was chosen as the next state Representative for the Racine district.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers. For over two decades, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in state programs, which has led to Democrats flipping 34 contested seats since Trump’s inauguration. The DLCC is building on Democrats’ winning momentum and continues to lay the groundwork for substantial gains in 2018 in statehouses nationwide. State Democrats recently scored critical victories in Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, New Hampshire, Georgia, and elsewhere. You can learn more about critical upcoming elections and follow DLCC’s Spotlight Races at races.dlcc.org.
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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