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The Latest: Schachtner: Win shows voters tired of negativity

January 17, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on special elections in Wisconsin (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

Democrat Patty Schachtner says her victory in a special Senate election sends a message that voters are tired of negative politics.

Schachtner defeated Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow Tuesday in a race to replace Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who is now state ag secretary. It was a big upset for Democrats in a district that is usually reliable for Republicans.

Schachtner, the St. Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset school board member, says she ran a positive campaign and has always had a “be kind” message.

She says the win could be a bad sign for Republicans across the state later this year.

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10:22 a.m.

Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow and Democrat Patty Schachtner are facing off in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Tuesday’s race in northwestern Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District is to replace Republican Sheila Harsdorf, who resigned to serve as state agriculture secretary.

The results won’t affect control of the Senate, where Republicans hold an 18-13 advantage.

Two other open legislative seats, both in southeastern Wisconsin, were also being filled Tuesday.

Democrat Greta Neubauer is running unopposed to replace retiring Democrat Cory Mason in the 66th Assembly District.

Republican Rick Gundrum faces Democrat Dennis Degenhardt in the solidly conservative 58th Assembly District. The winner there will replace Bob Gannon, who died in October.

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