Looks like Sheila Harsdorf won’t have to clean out the office in Madison she’s occupied since her election as the 10th District Senator in 2000.
In an unprecedented and historic special election, Harsdorf was one of six Republican state senators targeted for recall. Around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, AP declared the River Falls Republican as the victor — with 58 percent of the vote in 75 of 114 precincts reporting — over Democratic challenger Shelly Moore, an Ellsworth High School teacher.
About her victory, Harsdorf said, “I think that the voters spoke in the last election and they asked us to make the tough decisions to get our fiscal house in order. We did that and we worked to balance the budget — the first time we passed a state budget without a structural deficit in over a decade. We’re working to create jobs. I think people recognize that we’re on the right track and they got out to the polls today and spoke.”
Dunn County results
The 10th Senate District encompasses all of St. Croix County, most of Polk County and portions of Dunn, Burnett and Pierce counties. The municipalities represented in Dunn County are the City of Menomonie, Village of Knapp and Towns of Menomonie, Lucas and Stanton.
According to the unofficial tally, a total of 5,388 votes were cast, resulting in 3,011 for Moore and 2,377 for Harsdorf. But the lead wasn’t enough to make a difference in the overall race.
Moore edged out Harsdorf in the four wards of the Town of Menomonie with 641 votes to 615. In the remaining townships, however, Harsdorf maintained solid support, with Lucas turning in 149 votes for the incumbent to 109 for the challenger and Stanton registering 160 for Harsdorf to 111 for Moore. And with a margin of 102 to 46, the village of Knapp came out strong for Harsdorf.
All 11 wards in the city favored Moore over Harsdorf as follows:
Wards 1 & 2 — 635 to 420
Wards 3 & 4 — 134 to 87
Wards 5 & 7 — 90 to 27
Ward 6 — 255 to 157
Wards 8 & 9 — 347 to 222
Wards 10 & 11 — 643 to 438
For more on the story, see Sunday’s Dunn County News.