The Latest: Democrat’s win could curb Wisconsin GOP’s sway
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin legislative elections (all times local):
A special election win has Democrats within striking distance of recapturing the Wisconsin state Senate and ending Republicans’ stranglehold on state government.
Caleb Frostman’s win over Republican Andre Jacque in the 1st state Senate District on Tuesday leaves Democrats two seats short of the majority heading into the November election.
The victory marks the 43rd legislative seat that’s flipped Democratic since President Donald Trump took office. The win underscores how Democrats are fighting to catch up after years of neglecting state races in in hopes of thwarting another round of Republican redistricting.
Organizing for Action, a political group that evolved from former President Barack Obama’s campaign operation, announced one of its priorities is flipping control of the Wisconsin Senate. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee spent at least $35,000 supporting Frostman.
Democrat Caleb Frostman’s win in the race for an open state Senate seat could give his party a legitimate shot at finally flipping the chamber in November.
Republicans have controlled both houses of the Legislature since 2011. The GOP went into Tuesday’s special election in the 1st Senate District with an 18-14 Senate majority.
Frostman defeated Andre Jacque to take the seat, narrowing the GOP majority to 18-15. That means Democrats now need to capture three seats in November.
Two GOP seats will be open and Democrats think they can flip three other seats.
If Democrats take the chamber they could have a say in redrawing legislative boundaries. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently weighing whether Republicans unfairly gerrymandered districts in 2011.
Wisconsin Democrats have flipped one of two open legislative seats in a pair of special elections.
Democrat Caleb Frostman defeated Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque in the 1st Senate District. Republican Jon Plumer, however, defeated Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd in the 42nd Assembly District.
Republicans still control both the Senate and Assembly. The Legislature isn’t expected to reconvene until January, which means Frostman and Plumer probably won’t vote on anything before they have to run for re-election in November. Both Jacque and Lloyd have registered to run this fall, setting up rematches in each district.
Still, Democrats say Frostman’s win shows they’ve got momentum heading into November.