Longtime State Senator Dave Zien of Eau Claire is out! Pat Kreitlow , a Republican former TV news anchor takes the 23rd district seat from the man who's had the job since 1993. The senator-elect says he owes his victory to Republican and Independent voters who cast their vote on the Democrat side. Kreitlow says Democrats in the Clark County area don't have to feel alone anymore. He says people turned out to vote because they wanted change.

Kreitlow says it's been a dirty campaign. "I knew it was going to get as nasty as it did because any incumbent and their allied special interests are going to do whatever it takes to protect that seat." He says attacking an opponents record fair game, but personal attacks are uncalled for. "An incumbent or their special interests usually have to resort to personal attacks against the challenger and we saw that … and then some."

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