Walker says flipped seat is a wake-up call for Republicans

Gov. Walker answers questions on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (WLUK image)

(WLUK) -- With the fall election 10 months away, could a flipped seat in northwestern Wisconsin set the tone for what's to come?

A historically red district just elected a democrat to the State Senate.

Patty Schachtner beat GOP State Representative Adam Jarchow.

Schachtner will become the first Democrat to represent the 10th Senate District in at least 16 years.

In a series of tweets, Governor Walker reminded Republicans, the 10th district win by a democrat is a wake-up call.

"We can't presume that everyone in this state knows about the positive things we're doing for the people of Wisconsin," said Gov. Scott Walker.

In 2016, every county in the 10th district voted for Donald Trump, helping him carry Wisconsin.

Schachtner talked to FOX 11, on Wednesday, about what may have led to her win.

"It really came down to two different campaign styles, one focused on negative and one did not and I think after awhile, the people of District 10 said enough, enough with the negative," said Patty Schachtner.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin's chair says Schachtner's win means democrats are gaining momentum.

What could Schachtner's win mean for the upcoming fall elections, as Governor Walker faces reelection? UW-Green Bay political science professor Aaron Weinschenk shared his thoughts.

"I wouldn't infer from this one race that it's going to be horrible for Republicans in the upcoming election cycle but if I were them I would be paying attention to looking at the information and how I could use that information to strategize," said Aaron Weinschenk.

He says name recognition is an advantage.

"Who are the challengers? If you run a no-name challenger who doesn't have any name recognition or doesn't run an exciting campaign, that's not a good development," Weinschenk said.

Walker says he will continue to remind voters of his accomplishments and look ahead to what's next.

"We're working together. Over 90 percent of the bills I signed into law come from votes that weren't just republicans but people working across party lines. We can do more of that. We can get things done," Walker said.

So far, 18 Democrats have said the plan to run for Governor. Nomination papers aren't due until June 1.

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