Wisconsin Democrats on Tuesday flipped a state Senate seat in a Republican-leaning district President Trump won by 17 points, becoming the 34th district to flip from GOP-held to Democrat-held since Trump was inaugurated a year ago.
St. Croix County chief medical examiner Patty Schachtner (D) defeated state Rep. Adam Jarchow (R) in a special election in western Wisconsin’s 10th Senate district to replace a senator who left for a job in Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) administration, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Schachtner becomes the first Democrat to win the district since 2000.
Rep. Ted Lieu suggested Tuesday night’s win was a referendum on Trump and a sign of things to come.
Result in #SD10 is another canary in the coal mine for #GOP. Dems keep winning seats because @realDonaldTrump keeps doubling down on his shrinking base. Also, coal is not coming back. https://t.co/G99P2lUjJq
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 17, 2018
Democrats have gained lots of momentum, enthusiasm and optimism heading into November’s midterm elections following major victories in New Jersey, Virginia, Alabama, and several other states.