By Ari Berman for MotherJones

In January, Democrat Patty Schachtner won a shocking upset, winning a special election for a Wisconsin State Senate seat by 11 points. The district had been in Republican hands since 2000, and was carried by Donald Trump by 17 points in 2016.

There are currently two more vacancies in Wisconsin’s state legislature, created after a Republican state senator and representative both left to take jobs in Governor Scott Walker’s administration in December. But Walker has so far refused to schedule special elections to fill those seats, claiming that balloting would be a waste of money, since the legislature is set to adjourn in May. Instead, the governor announced plans to pick the district’s new legislators during November 2018’s general election, and seat them in January 2019.

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