Democrats scored a huge upset in a Wisconsin district that voted heavily for President Donald Trump after Gov. Scott Walker tried to stop the special election from happening, The Huffington Post reports.
Democrat Caleb Frostman defeated Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque for the District 1 state Senate seat vacated by Frank Lasee, who stepped down to take on a job in the Walker administration.
Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the district by 17 points. Frostman won by about four points.
Frostman will have to run again in November when the term officially ends.
“Tonight is a good night for Wisconsin Democrats,” state party chair Martha Laning said after the win. “We continued a winning streak by flipping a red seat blue and electing Caleb Frostman to the state Senate, a 21-point swing from Trump’s 2016 performance.”
Via The Huffington Post:
Frostman’s win is especially sweet for Democrats because Walker tried to prevent Tuesday’s contests from taking place to begin with. Both the vacancies were created when Walker tapped the incumbents to join his administration in December.
State law requires the governor to call special elections for vacancies that take place before May in an election year, but Walker had refused to do so. He planned to keep them vacant until the regular elections in November. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a group led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, sued Walker ― and won.
Walker reluctantly called these special elections in March, knowing full well that Democrats had a real shot at flipping the seats.
“Scott Walker and his Republican allies gerrymandered this district for their own partisan benefit,” Eric Holder said Tuesday, “but the citizens of Wisconsin are clearly speaking out this year to demand a state government that better represents their values.”
Democrats have flipped 43 state seats from red to blue since Trump took office. Republicans have flipped seven blue seats to red.