Deb Andraca, a community volunteer who has a background in politics, declared victory over longtime GOP Rep. Jim Ott in a suburban Milwaukee Assembly seat.
With almost 94 percent of the vote in, Andraca was at 51.6 percent, while Ott was at 48.4.
The district, which runs along Lake Michigan from Whitefish Bay to Grafton, was seen as one of Dems’ best pickup opportunities this fall after Donald Trump lost it by more than 5 points in 2016. Ott, a former TV weatherman from Mequon, was unopposed four years ago and won a close race in 2018.
This year, spending in the race hit nearly $1.2 million by last week, according to a WisPolitics.com analysis with a slight edge to Ott, R-Mequon, and the GOP groups backing him.
Andraca thanked Ott for his 14 years of public service.
“I look forward to working with all of my constituents, whether or not their vote was cast for me,” she said. “I promise to listen, to work hard, and to earn the support of the people of this district each day.”