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Update: Schachtner, Jarchow win primaries, advance to special election

Polk County delivered victory for Adam Jarchow in the Senate District 10 Republican primary race, while Patty Schachtner cruised in a three-way primary among Democrats Tuesday.

Trailing fellow Assembly member Shannon Zimmerman after four of five counties counted ballots, Jarchow rocketed ahead once Polk County numbers came in.

The Balsam Lake resident dominated his home county 1,688 to 491 over Zimmerman of River Falls -- with only Turtle Lake votes yet to be counted. According to the Turtle Lake-less tally, Jarchow advances to the special election with 4,020 votes to Zimmerman’s 3,161.

Somerset resident Schachtner won the Democratic race convincingly with 3,806 votes over second-place vote-getter John Calabrese of Glenwood City, who garnered 1,335 votes, with Turtle Lake numbers outstanding. River Falls resident Reuben Herfindahl came in third with 256 votes.

“A month and a half ago, I never would have imagined that I would be running for state Senate,” Schachtner said in a victory statement late Tuesday. “I’m committed to fighting every day of the next month to make sure the values of the people of western Wisconsin are represented in Madison.”

Jarchow also issued a statement after the win, saying he hopes to “carry on the tradition” of service established by the seat’s last occupant, Sheila Harsdorf.

“I commend my opponent, Shannon Zimmerman,” Jarchow said. “It was a spirited race and the voters had a tough decision. I am thankful to have his support in the general election.”

The statement suggests a quick turn toward reconciliation after a bitter primary battle between the two Assembly members.

Schachtner and Jarchow advance to the Jan. 16 general election, which also includes Libertarian Brian Corriea, who didn’t face a primary challenger.

The winner will replace longtime lawmaker Harsdorf, who held the seat for several terms until being appointed to Gov. Scott Walker’s Cabinet. The River Falls Republican now leads the state’s Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Department.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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