Republicans Just Got a "Wake-Up Call" in Wisconsin

Republicans Just Got a

A Democratic victory in one of Wisconsin's Republican-leaning districts is "a wake up call for Republicans" in the state, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has said, as the party prepares for a vicious fight to maintain control of US Congress this year. "He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the September 11 terrorist attacks, these people said".

A Democrat resoundingly defeated her Republican rival to win the Wisconsin state Senate election Tuesday night, flipping a seat that had been red for almost two decades-a possible harbinger of doom for the GOP in the coming midterm elections.

The race has been considered a litmus test throughout the state - and beyond - to gauge whether the special elections success experienced by Democrats elsewhere in the country would find its way to Wisconsin.

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Despite the upset, Democrats are the minority party in the Wisconsin capital of Madison.

But Democrats banked that anti-Trump backlash could even the playing field.

A turning point in politics is happening right before our eyes and it may just result in the change we've been hoping for. "It's helped contribute to a record breaking number of Republicans not seeking reelection in Congress this year, and it's why other Republicans in purplish states - like Sen". District ten is in far western Wisconsin along the Minnesota border.

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"The election comes at a tense political moment for the state, with a governor's race and United States Senate seat at stake in the fall; questions about gerrymandering of state political maps in the courts; and with political observers around the nation watching all sorts of local and state races for signs of what 2018 races may bring for both parties", writes reporter Julie Bosman.

Wisconsin Republicans sounded the alarm about what the results could mean.

"In private conversations", said The Washington Post, "Trump has told advisers that he doesn't think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting". Take it from Walker, the hyper-ambitious careerist who crashed and burned as a 2016 presidential contender and is now bidding for a third gubernatorial term. In Iowa's 6th House District, Democrat Rita DeJong won 44 percent of the vote; in 2016, the party's nominee won just 35 percent. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, to campaign for Jarchow.

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In this undated photo provided by the Patty for Senate Campaign, Patty Schachtner, the St. Croix County medical examiner and Somerset school board member, poses for a photo.

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