Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 1st Senate District on Tuesday, as voters choose a successor to fill out the last seven months of Frank Lasee’s unexpired term in a court-ordered special election.
With the Legislative session done for the year, Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque and Democrat Caleb Frostman are vying essentially for the right to campaign as the incumbent when a full four-year term is up for grabs in the November general election.
Gov. Scott Walker, who wanted to leave the seat open until a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court forced him to schedule this week’s election in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District, said Monday that it will be hard to draw any conclusions based on the results Tuesday, when a small turnout is expected.
“It’ll really be about who gets their people to the polls,” Walker said during a stop in Oconto Falls. “I don’t know if it’ll have much of a reflection one way or the other in terms of November, because November will have about a million more people vote than even voted on April 3 election for the Supreme Court and the others out there, but it’s obviously important for us, we’ll be watching closely and I encourage people to get out and vote.”
Democrats see an opportunity to narrow the 18-14 GOP advantage in the Senate.
The 1st Senate District is comprised of Door and Kewaunee counties and parts of Brown, Manitowoc, Outagamie and Calumet counties.