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Three Northwestern Wisconsin seats flip in the state Legislature

Republicans Chanz Green, Angie Sapik and Romaine Quinn will replace Democratic incumbents who decided not to run for reelection.

Alex Murto, 4, carries the ballot for his mom, Kari, as they vote at Northwood Technical College
Alex Murto, 4, carries the ballot for his mom, Kari, as they vote at Northwood Technical College in Superior on Tuesday morning, Nov. 8.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Three seats held by Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature in Northwestern Wisconsin flipped to Republicans, according to unofficial results following the election Tuesday, Nov. 8.

In all three races, Democratic incumbents decided not to run for reelection.

Republican Romaine Quinn, a former representative in the Assembly, will serve the 25th District, representing the largest geographical area of the state in the Senate. Quinn carried the district with 57% of the vote over Democratic challenger Kelly Westlund.

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Romaine Quinn
Contributed / Romaine Quinn

While Westlund led the vote count in Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties, Quinn carried even stronger numbers in Barron, Burnett, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties. Quinn will replace Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Mason.

“I am humbled and gratified by the results tonight and the faith that the people of Northwestern Wisconsin have placed in me as their next state senator," Quinn said. "Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters, and thank you especially to my wife, Racquel. Many long nights and early mornings went into this campaign, and I am thrilled with the results. I’m looking forward to getting to work and giving the people of Northern Wisconsin the representation they deserve.”

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In the Wisconsin Assembly's largest geographic district, Republican Chanz Green, a businessman, took 52.6% of the vote over Democratic challenger John Adams.

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Chanz Green
Contributed / Chanz Green

Adams led the vote count in Ashland and Bayfield counties, but Green had stronger numbers in Douglas, Iron, Price and Sawyer counties. Green will replace Rep. Beth Meyers, D-Bayfield.

"Thank you, Northern Wisconsin, for the outpouring of trust and support," Green said. "For months, I have traveled the district and heard from friends and neighbors about the issues important to them and their families. I spoke with single mothers struggling to cope with rising energy prices. I sat with small business owners trying to manage out-of-control inflation, and I listened to workers who were putting in more hours for smaller paychecks.

"Tonight, they all voted for a change — a change from the failed policies that have hurt our economy and harmed our communities. I am truly honored and humbled to be their next state representative down in Madison," Green said.

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Angie Sapik of Lake Nebagamon.
Contributed / Angie Sapik

In the 73rd District, Republican candidate Angie Sapik secured her seat in the Assembly with 51% of the vote over Democratic challenger Laura Gapske.

A strong showing in Douglas County wasn't enough to put Gapske over the top when Sapik carried strong support in less-populous Burnett and Washburn counties.

"We won!!! Thank you everyone who stood with us to the end! The list is too big to even start naming names, you know who you are!" Sapik posted on Facebook.

"I fought as hard as I could, but ultimately we lost this election," Gapske said. "I want to thank everyone who believed in my campaign — everyone who gave time, resources and encouragement throughout this journey."

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Sapik will replace Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range. She could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

This story was updated at 9 a.m. Nov. 10 to include a social media statement from Angie Sapik. It was originally posted at 12:16 a.m. Nov. 9 and was updated with final unofficial results at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 and 11 a.m. Nov. 9 with comments from other candidates.

Election Inspector Carol Fransen, left, gives a sticker to Roman Durand, 6, after Michael Contreras cast his ballot at Northwood Technical College
Election Inspector Carol Fransen, left, gives a sticker to Roman Durand, 6, after Michael Contreras cast his ballot at Northwood Technical College in Superior on Tuesday morning, Nov. 8.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Alex Murto, 4, smiles as he sits on his mom’s feet while they wait in line to vote
Alex Murto, 4, smiles as he sits on his mom’s feet while they wait in line to vote at Northwood Technical College in Superior on Tuesday morning, Nov. 8.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Folks wait in line as others fill out their ballots
Folks wait in line as others fill out their ballots Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, at Northwood Technical College in Superior.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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