Moulton defeats Dexter in state Senate District 23


Republican state Sen. Terry Moulton beat challenger Kristen Dexter in Tuesday’s recall election.

Sen. Moulton walked away with a win last nigh, coming in 14 percentage points over his Democratic challenger, Kristen Dexter. That’s in stark contrast to Dexter’s razor-thin victory over Moulton in a 2010 state Assembly race. At Eau Claire’s Fanny Hill Dinner Club, Moulton hugged his wife and family with tears in his eyes after he heard that he had survived the recall: “This is not the time to boastful or prideful or anything like that. I’m truly humbled that the voters have given me the opportunity to represent them and fill out my turn.”

Moulton says his victory was in part due to people being fed up with the nonstop recall elections. He says the Republican wins resonated: “It’s a pretty clear message that people agree with the reforms that we did and those reforms are working, they are saving the state money and I believe we are moving Wisconsin forward.”

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Moulton says he expects businesses to get the message, too, and begin creating more jobs now that the recalls are over.