BELOIT - Republican incumbent Rep. Amy Loudenbeck kept her seat in the 31st Assembly District for a fifth term despite a fierce challenge by Democrat newcomer Brittany Keyes.
Loudenbeck received 6,965 votes in Rock County and 8,334 votes in Walworth County compared to Keyes who received 6,402 votes in Rock County and 4,903 votes in Walworth County.
Loudenbeck was celebrating the good news at a small private event in Clinton.
"I'm super excited to get back to work. I'm looking forward to getting back to legislative business and working on all of the things I talked about during the campaign," Loudenbeck said.
Loudenbeck said her team and supporters worked hard and were fantastic.
"We had a lot of voter contact and communicating with voters and am happy to have earned their support," Loudenbeck said.
Loudenbeck said her priorities will be transportation, healthcare and education.
She said she plans to get into the details of issues impacting local government and schools and will address issues with good public policy without new programs or growing government.
"I'm very proud of the things I accomplished in the legislature and firmly believe Wisconsin is moving in the right direction. I look forward to the next session and working to protect pre-existing conditions, lower health care costs, improve transportation infrastructure, and find common sense solutions to relieve the pressure points on our local units of government and school districts. I'm committed to making Wisconsin the best place to live, work, farm and raise a family," Loudenbeck said.
Keyes was at Suds O'Hanahan's Irish Pub when she got the news she didn't make it. She said the evening didn't go as she'd hoped, but said she and supporters brought to light issues not being talked about and will continue to advocate.
Those issues include systemic racism and racial inequality in the state, school safety issues, heavy bipartisan voting and inconsistencies in regards to votes for healthcare, education and government transparency.
"Democracy is not a spectator sport and we hope to hold our politicians accountable," Keyes said.
Keyes said the race was an uphill battle in a very gerrymandered district with the Loudenbeck campaign spending a lot of money on negative ads.
"We pushed her harder than she's been pushed," Keyes said. "We will continue to be a champion and advocate for community. We aren't going to hang our heads. We will continue to move forward."