Kelda Roys and Julian Bradley appear to be in the driver’s seats to claim heavily partisan state Senate districts this fall.
Roys, a former Assembly lawmaker and Dem gubernatorial candidate, appears set to replace Fred Risser in the Madison-based 26th SD after declaring victory in a Facebook Live video.
“Thank you so, so very much for the trust that you’ve placed in me by voting for me,” she said in. “I will work every single day to be worthy of the opportunity you’ve provided me with.”
With 80 of 82 precincts reporting results, Roys emerged from the seven-way Dem primary with just over 40 percent of the vote. Her closest rival for the seat, Nada Elmikashfi, won 27 percent of the vote.
In a tweet posted before Roys declared victory, Elmikashfi conceded the race and praised her supporters for building “a movement that is truly remarkable.”
With no Republicans running for the seat, Roys is set to replace Risser come January.
Meanwhile, former La Crosse County Republican Party Julian Bradley emerged victorious in the five-way GOP primary to replace outgoing Sen. Dave Craig, R-Big Bend, in the 28th SD.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bradley secured just under 43 percent of the vote and held a 20 point advantage over his closest rival.
“I am honored and humbled by the support I received from the voters today,” Bradley said in a release, “Wisconsinites can count on me to fight in the State Senate for them — for the lives of the unborn, law and order, and our Constitutional rights.”
Craig also tweeted out his congratulations, praising Bradley as a “great conservative voice for the residents.”
Bradley is set to face Dem Adam Murphy for the heavily Republican seat in November.
State Rep Rob Stafsholt also declared victory in 10th SD Republican primary. With 88 percent of the vote in, the New Richmond Republican holds a 65-35 lead over businesswoman Cherie Link.
Stafsholt will face Sen. Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, in November in what Republicans see as oen of their best opportunities to pick up a Senate seat.
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