A Wisconsin Senate seat long held by Republicans in Northeast Wisconsin is now controlled by Democrats. This after Democrat Caleb Frostman’s win over Republican Andre Jacque in the First District Senate race. Local 5’s Kris Schuller asked a political expert if this is the start of a Blue Wave?
With Caleb Frostman’s victory over Andre Jacque in a special election for Senate District One – Democrats slightly narrowed the margin keeping them in the minority in Madison.
“We kept out head high, we ran a positive campaign and we’re winning so it feels good,” said Frostman, now State Senator elect.
But does the win signal the start of the so-called Blue Wave? Political expert George Waller says it’s too early to tell.
“I would not say this represents a Blue Wave. What I would say is that last night’s Frostman victory represent a good candidate that ran a really good ground game,” Waller said.
Waller says Frostman found success by running a solid campaign and getting his message across – especially in Door County.
“He really racked up the votes in Door County and there simply wasn’t enough by Jacque in those areas of Outagamie, Calumet and Brown counties to overcome that sizable lead,” Waller said.
Frostman’s victory gives Democrats the district for the first time in 40 years. Evidence, according to some, that more seats could flip in the fall.
But Governor Walker – who initially coined the phrase Blue Wave – says he isn’t concerned.
“I think the governor clearly wants to energize the Republican base,” said Waller.
The governor says the special election drew few voters and come November many more people will be part of the process.
“You’re going to have about a million more people turning out in the fall than in the spring, so you’re going to have much higher turnout statewide as well as individual districts,” said Walker.
Waller says while the win does give Democrats like Frostman momentum in this Senate election, both candidates will likely meet again in the fall. When the race for governor is also on the ballot and both parties aggressively reach out to their base.
Just more than 28,000 people voted in the special election.