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Behnke defeats Jaeger for 89th Assembly seat

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Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 10:17 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Associated Press has declared Republican Elijah Behnke the winner of Wisconsin’s 89th Assembly District seat race, defeating Democrat Karl Jaeger.

The race was called by the Associated Press after 40% of precinct numbers were in. At that point, Behnke had 61% of the votes, and Jaeger had 39%.

“Words cannot describe how happy I am to have the trust and support of so many people in the 89th district,” said Behnke. “I am not a politician and never wanted to be. I wanted to make sure that our small business community and our traditional values are protected. This is a tremendous honor and I promise to work hard every day. It is time to get to work!”

Jaeger and Behnke were running for the seat vacated by Republican John Nygren, who announced his resignation from the Wisconsin State Assembly in early December after defeating Jaeger in the November election.

As Action 2 News previously reported, Nygren then accepted the position of Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans later in December.

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