Assembly, Senate races expected to be close throughout Wisconsin

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NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - Just below those statewide races on the ballot next Tuesday, voters will also be deciding on control of the state legislature where Republicans hold both the Senate and the Assembly.

In the battle for Assembly seat 55, which includes portions of Neenah, Fox Crossing, and Grand Chute, Republican Mike Rohrkaste is facing a challenge from Democrat Dan Schierl.

The two put their differences on display during a debate Monday night.

Rohrkaste said, "We have record low unemployment. More people are working than ever before."

While Schierl added, "My biggest main concern is the money in politics."

Right now in the Assembly, Republicans have a huge advantage.

They hold 64 of the 99 seats, all of which are up for election.

The margin is smaller in the Senate, where Republicans have a 3 seat edge, but only half of the Senate seats are up.

What might motivate voters, though, seems to differ when asking each candidate.

Schierl, who lives in the Town of Clayton, said, "Cannabis. When I mention that cannabis, most people are definitely on board for legalization of medical, and it seems like most of them are OK with the recreational part, and when I mention green energy, people seem to be on board with that, too "

Rohrkaste touted his accomplishments since first being elected in 2014.

"I think I've been able to demonstrate a track record of getting results both on the Joint Finance Committee, getting more funding for mental health services, but also in legislation," he said.

Both candidates tell Action 2 News that voters especially here tend to split their choices between political parties at the top and the bottom of the ticket, and reflect differences in national and state issues, which is why nothing can be taken for granted.

Schierl added, "I think this is anybody's race in any district or any of the races, so I think it's open."

Rohrkaste admits turnout next week will be the key, saying, "There is a lot of energy about the election. I feel good. I mean, my opponent's been working, I've been working hard."

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