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Republican Jon Plumer wins Assembly seat in special election

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- In Tuesday's special election, Republican Jon Plumer had a sizable lead over Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd -- 53 percent to 45 percent -- and around 9:30 p.m., Groves Lloyd conceded.

However, this victory will be short lived. Plumer will have to run for re-election in November and Groves Lloyd is already registered to run against him, setting up a rematch. Plumer won’t get a chance at a committee hearing or a vote on the Assembly Floor with lawmakers not expected to return until January.

Plumer said he still plans to work hard for the district until then with a focus on education, transportation funding and health care.

This win does strengthen the Republican majority in the Assembly, 64 to 35.

Independent Gene Rubinstein was also in the race. He garnered just two percent of the vote.

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UPDATE (WKOW) --  Republican Jon Plumer won a contentious special election race for the 42nd state Assembly District over Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd.

Plumer finished with 5,713 to 4,834  over Groves Lloyd, a 53 to 45 percent margin. Independent Gene Rubinstein had 199 votes.

In the 1st Senate District in northeast Wisconsin, Democrat Caleb Frostman defeated Republican Assemblyman Andre Jacque, 14,432 to 13,800.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Democrats are looking to keep up the momentum as voters decide who gets a pair of open legislative seats in special elections.

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Polls open at 7 a.m. in the 42nd Assembly District which includes most of Columbia County and portions of Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties.

The northeastern Wisconsin 1st Senate District includes Door, Kewaunee and part of Brown County.

Both seats have stood vacant since December when Gov. Scott Walker appointed the Republican incumbents to his administration.

GOP state Rep. Andre Jacque and Democrat Caleb Frostman are running in the 1st, while Republican Jon Plumer faces Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd in the 42nd.

Democrats are coming off two big wins already this year. Democrat Patty Schachtner won an open seat in a conservative northwestern Wisconsin state Senate district in January and liberal-backed Rebecca Dallet won a spot on the state Supreme Court in April.

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