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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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CERS feeling good about 17th, 19th, Vinehout race tight

CERS Executive Director Adam Foltz said Republicans are feeling good about the open 17th and 19th districts.

If they win both seats, it would secure at least a 19-14 majority for them, a pickup of one seat.


Foltz said Republicans believe GOP candidate Roger Roth has sewn up the 19th, which covers the Appleton area, over Dem Penny Bernard Schaber. With 79 percent of the vote in, Roth had 56 percent of the vote.

In the 17th, which covers the southwestern corner of the state, Howard Marklein was winning 55 percent of the vote over Dem Pat Bomhack with 49 percent of the vote in.

Foltz said Marklein is over performing in various areas of the district like Green County.

“It would take a pretty seismic change in what’s out there right now for it to break bad on us," Foltz said of the 17th.

Dem Sen. Kathleen Vinehout's race has not been on the radar. But she is locked in a tight race with 61 percent of the vote in. She was narrowly trailing Republican Mel Pittman, but Dem and GOP operatives said they were trying to figure out if the city of Eau Claire was still out for that district. If it was, they expected Vinehout to survive.

-- By JR Ross


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