Frostman wins Senate District 1 race
MADISON (AP) -- The Latest on Wisconsin special elections (all times local):
Caleb Frostman of Sturgeon Bay defeated Republican State Representative Andre Jacque of De Pere by more than 800 votes.
Frostman's strength was clearly his home county of Door where he outpolled Jacque by nearly 2,000 votes.
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Frostman will run for the seat again in November.
“To my supporters who voted for me, and also those who didn’t, I promise to fight every day to make sure your values and needs are represented in Madison. Our work doesn’t stop here. The fall elections will change the future of our state and I hope my support network will grow as we work to get re-elected in the fall," Frostman said in a statement.
The seat was left empty by Frank Lasee who resigned to become a division administrator in the state's Workforce Development in December.
Frostman released the following statement following Tuesday night's victory:
FOX 11 spoke with Jacque following his defeat. Here's what he had to say:
Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd has conceded defeat in a race for an open seat in a south-central Wisconsin Assembly seat.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday's special election in the 42nd Assembly District showed Republican Jon Plumer with a sizeable lead. Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokeswoman Melanie Conklin says Lloyd told her supporters she had conceded about 9:30 p.m.
The win strengthens Republicans' hold on the Assembly, boosting their majority to 64-35. The Legislature isn't expected to convene again until January, however, and Plumer will have to run again in November to keep the seat.
Lloyd has already registered to run again, setting up a rematch.
Voters casting ballots in a special election for an open Wisconsin Assembly seat say they are tired of all the mudslinging in the campaign, but they're divided on what the outcome may mean for the fall.
Tuesday's election in the 42nd Assembly District pit Republican Jon Plumer against Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd. There's also a special election for a state Senate seat in northeast Wisconsin.
Ardell Christianson, of Lodi, says she voted for Lloyd because she's a Democrat and Christianson has known her and her family for years. The 79-year-old retired teacher says whichever side wins will provide an accurate view of how voters feel heading into the fall midterms.
But Republican Mike Busser, of Lodi, voted for Plumer and says not to read too much into the outcome. He calls the predictions a "lot of hoopla."
Wisconsin Democrats are looking to keep up the momentum as voters decide who gets a pair of open legislative seats in special elections.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. in Northeast Wisconsin's 1st Senate District and the 42nd Assembly District in south-central Wisconsin. Both seats have stood vacant since December when Gov. Scott Walker appointed the Republican incumbents to his administration.
GOP state Rep. Andre Jacque and Democrat Caleb Frostman are running in the 1st, while Republican Jon Plumer faces Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd in the 42nd.
Democrats are coming off two big wins already this year. Democrat Patty Schachtner won an open seat in a conservative northwestern Wisconsin state Senate district in January and liberal-backed Rebecca Dallet won a spot on the state Supreme Court in April.