LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)—Down at the Republican watch party at the Days Hotel on French Island, one of the most closely monitored races was the battle for the 32nd Senate seat.
Republican Bill Feehan challenged incumbent Democrat Jennifer Shilling, who ousted Republican Dan Kapanke in a recall race back in 2011.
At about 11:30, Feehan gave his concession speech to supporters.
"It's just a grueling thing to try and campaign over four counties and there will probably be close to 90,000 people who vote in this senate election," Feehan said. "So it's a monumental task to get out and get them to know you maybe that's why we came up a little short tonight. I think a lot of it had to do with, this is just a big election for Democrats. As you can see, pretty much a clean sweep for them tonight."
The chair of the La Crosse County Republicans, Julian Bradley, said the 32nd seat was a difficult loss.
"In any race, when you come up short, it's not easy, but you learn from the situation and you figure out how you can avoid repeating it and you move forward," Bradley said. "The people spoke and that's the bottom line, we all accept that. We might not feel the happiest about it, but we accept the decision."
Feehan, the former chair of the La Crosse County Republicans, says he plans to stay active in the local party. But, he adds, his priority is taking his wife on a post-election vacation, perhaps to Ireland or Italy.
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