Friday, June 22nd

Ann Groves Lloyd(Photo: Ann for Wisconsin)

MADISON – Voters delivered a split verdict in a pair of special elections Tuesday, handing Democrats a win in one district and Republicans a victory in the other.

Caleb Frostman topped Rep. Andre Jacque in the 1st Senate District and Jon Plumer defeated Ann Groves Lloyd in the 42nd Assembly District.

Frostman will be the first Democrat to represent the northeast Wisconsin district in more than four decades — a win Democrats are hailing as more evidence of a so-called blue wave ready to flip more Republican-held seats in elections later this year.

But Plumer’s victory over Lloyd helps Republicans counter the narrative that Democrats are primed to sweep elections in Wisconsin and around the nation this fall.

While the winners of the contests will hold their seats for only five months before they must run again in November for a full term, their performance Tuesday will be heavily scrutinized by politicos and voters trying to predict the outcome of the fall elections.