Republican Jerry Petrowski will represent the 29th district in the State Senate after defeating Democrat Donna Seidel.
After a speedy recall campaign, Petrowski earned 61 percent of the voters.
He thanked supporters at his Kronenwetter headquarters Tuesday night.
"The whole race tonight is an effort after ten weeks and it's very humbling to know that so many people across the state have come out and supported me," Petrowski said.
A different mood filled Wausau's Labor Temple -- where Democrat Donna Seidel's supporters waited out the election results.
She gave an emotional message to her supporters, but would not take questions from the media.
"I have just got to say thank you to the remarkable group of supporters and advocates for the ideals and the values of Wisconsin," Seidel said.
Seidel mentioned plans to shift her priorities, focusing more now on her family and friends.
But says she will always love serving Wisconsin.
"It is the communities and the families and helping our hardworking families and making sure people have good paying jobs," Seidel said.
Petrowski will now fill the seat last held by Republican State Senator Pam Galloway, and he says he plans to help the state move forward.
"I think it's going to make a real effort by everybody if we focus on trying to find what's best for the citizens of the state, that has to be the answer," Petrowski said.
Candidates on both sides acknowledge the voters have spoken, and will move on from here.
Cool and dry, then snow returning Thursday night with several inches. Another storm by late Saturday.
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