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Wednesday - June 13, 2018 10:18 am

Republicans, Democrats both pick up a legislative seat in Wisconsin special elections

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Caleb Frostman Caleb Frostman From Caleb Frostman for State Senate website

A split decision in Wisconsin special elections.

Democrat Caleb Frostman has won an open seat in northeastern Wisconsin's 1st Senate District.

Frostman defeated Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque in Tuesday's election.

The win doesn't give Democrats control of the Senate. The GOP still holds an 18-15 advantage. But it marks another in a string of Democratic victories this year.

Democrats flipped an open state Senate seat in northwestern Wisconsin in January and liberal-backed Rebecca Dallet won a statewide race for state Supreme Court in April.

Frostman will have to run again in November to keep the seat. Jacque and Republican Bill Nauta have registered to run in the fall.

Meanwhile, Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd 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 show Republican Jon Plumer with a sizeable lead.

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.

Associated Press

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