A Democrat on Tuesday won a State Senate seat long held by Republicans in western Wisconsin, and some saw it as a sign of worry for Republicans in elections ahead.
A shortage of candidates is providing opportunities to people long shunned by employers and is forcing recruiters to consider new approaches to hiring.
Ashton Whitaker said that he had been forbidden from using boys bathrooms and felt degraded by administrators at his high school in Wisconsin.
The Supreme Court, which heard arguments in October on Wisconsin’s voting maps, agreed to consider a similar challenge from Maryland.
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a small-business owner, says the measure would give an unfair advantage to larger corporations.
Democratic voters in Wisconsin say gerrymandering the voting districts has given Republicans too much power and violate the Constitution.