- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican state Rep. Chris Kapenga faces Democrat Sherryll Shaddock in a special election for the Wisconsin state Senate.

Tuesday’s election is to fill a seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Paul Farrow, who resigned last week to work as Waukesha County executive.

With the vacancy, Republicans hold an 18-14 majority in the Senate.

Kapenga, of Delafield, won a three-way Republican primary with 52 percent of the vote in the heavily GOP district to advance to the general election.

The Waukesha district is heavily Republican, making Kapenga the favorite. Shaddock, of Nashotah, also ran in 2014 but got just 26 percent of the vote. Kapenga ran for the Senate seat in 2012 but lost to Farrow in the primary.

The winner’s term will run through 2018.

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