Democrat Patty Schachtner won a special election for a state Senate seat in Wisconsin Tuesday, scoring a huge upset victory for her party in a district that President Donald Trump handily captured just over a year ago.
It was the latest in a string of election victories for Democrats since Trump took office, and a sign of hope for the party that the energy from the base and frustration with the president could lead to more wins in November.
The Associated Press reported that with nearly all returns in, Schachtner, the the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County, was winning by more than 1,600 votes.
Republican Sheila Harsdorf held the seat since 2001, but she left in November to become Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) agriculture secretary. In 2016, Harsdorf won reelection by 26 percentage points, and Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 17 points. Republican Mitt Romney also won the district in 2012.