BROWN CO., Wis. (WBAY) - The political world is talking about the upset in Tuesday’s special election. For the first time in more than forty years, a democrat will be sworn into the district one senate seat in the coming weeks.
Caleb Frostman, a political newcomer, beat longtime Republican Assemblyman André Jacque. Frostman defeated Jacque by about 800 votes.
Voter turnout was fairly low, too—fewer than 30,000 votes were cast. That's about a third of general election voter turnout for senate district one, which includes Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Outagamie counties.
Action 2 news caught up with both candidates and an analyst about their re-match come November.
With a traditionally republican-leaning population in senate district one, Senator-elect Caleb Frostman said he's not taking this win for granted and will work hard to get the same result in November.
Representative Jacque says he knew the battle for this special election would be harder for him to win than the general election in November. To get to this election, Jacque first had to beat out Republican Alex Renard in the primary in a close race. Renard still may re-enter his name in the August primary, where Jacque will face republican William Nauta of Washington Island.
Starting Wednesday, everyone's focused on campaign strategy for the November election.
“I don't think we got out-worked. We did get out-spent in both the primary and the general election,” Jacque told Action 2 News. “At the same time though, again, I think talking to the folks that are actually going to be turning out in November—I think we're targeting a broader base. I think things are looking good for November."
"We're going to continue the main playbook that we've done for the special election which has been a lot of boots on the ground, a lot of shoe leather, we were on the doors- direct voter contact was really effective for us,” said Frostman, “so I think maybe on a larger scale we had a little more time to reach more voters across the district so replicating what was successful for us but on a wider scale.”
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on this special election, and much of it from outside interest groups. Political experts say that's small potatoes compared to what will be spent going into November.
“I really don't see that subsiding when it comes to the fall election. I think you're going to see a lot of groups take a very big interest in this race,” said political analyst and UW-Green Bay Professor David Helpap.
One group belongs to Former Attorney General Eric Holder, the democrat who took legal action against Governor Walker, eventually forcing him to set the special election. Holder tweeted after Frostman's win, "Scott Walker was willing to deprive his own constituents of representation rather than let them make their voices heard. He obstructed the voters at every turn. But we didn't stop fighting."
Frostman is now fighting for November. "What's important to me is winning, obviously winning again in November. Taking votes, drafting legislation when the session starts in January, so we're going to go full-steam ahead and win this thing again,” he said.
Jacque said, "It was going to be a much tougher slog to get through yesterday than this fall, and so it will be a completely different election-- probably two or three times the turnout—and I look forward to a new day."