Two incumbent democrats knocked out of office by narrow margins

By: WEAU 13 News Email
By: WEAU 13 News Email

In the 93rd District, Republican challenger Warren Petryk has the win against Incumbent Democrat Jeff Smith by 71 votes. This is Petryk's first time elected to office.

“Even though it was a close race, I promise that I'll listen really closely to everybody on both sides of the issue and really try to represent the way they deserve to be represented as I go forth, but I'm really anxious to get to work,” Petryk said.

“I hope that the future leadership that's coming up in this next session looks at the things that we did over the last two years and says wow these are good things that happened, these are going to grow business in the state of Wisconsin, and we're going to keep them moving in the right direction," Smith said.

In District 68, Kathy Bernier had a close win over Incumbent Democrat Kristen Dexter by 87 out of 21,429 votes.

Dexter stopped short of committing to requesting a recount, but admitted the margin of Bernier's victory would be tough to overcome in a recount. Bernier says she's confident in her win.

"I think that was clear to the citizens that they weren't top priority, that it was the governor's budget bill and what he wanted that was top priority and I think that resonated tonight," Bernier said.

"You have poured your hearts and souls into helping us be a great force in this area and we have been a great force in this area the last two years that I hope the next legislature will be able to build on," Dexter said.

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  • by Mark Location: Bloomer on Nov 4, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    WEAC needs to get its priorities straight and quit wasting money on candidates elections put that money to better use like funding for teachers and classroom supplies and field trips instead of giving the money to t.v. stations to run ads and printing companies who make broshures that we either recycle right away or use as fire starter to light our fireplace to keep our home warm. Good ridance to both Smith and Dexter. Too bad Vinehout didn't get a pink slip also.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    Goodbye Kristen......we won't miss you!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    The democrats in our region of the state can thank the Jeff Wood vote in the assembly.
  • by Get rid of WEAC too on Nov 3, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    Great point, Tim. It would be nice if all taxpayers knew exactly how much funding that was supposed to go to the classroom ends up going to special causes such as campaigns and planned parenthood, courtesy of weac. It would be nice if teachers and weac realized that taxpayers aren't too thrilled with them constantly asking for money while trying to "buy" politicians.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    Mr. Smith & Ms. Dexter... Sorry, but if you would have listened to the people and not the union leadership, you both would still have jobs. Welcome to the unemployment lines!
  • by Tim Location: Altoona on Nov 3, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    A defeat for they almost single handedly funded the Smith / Dexter campaigns. To the contrary...we hope the next group of leaders REVERSE the "progress" made in the last term.......that's the reason the incumbents are NOT GOING BACK
  • by Observer Location: Eau Claire Area on Nov 3, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    Even after losing they cannot help but to continue to pat themselves on the back. Now, please do us all a favor, and give up putting the poll workers through the process of a recount. Only one person can win, and yesterday was not your day. Thanks for your dedicated service to the citizens of WI.
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