It was one of the most contentious Senate races. Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Tommy Thompson fought a long-hard battle, full of bitter attack ads and millions in outside spending, making Tuesday’s election one for the record-books.
In the end, Baldwin emerged the victor, winning 51 percent of the votes over Thompson’s 46 percent.
Exit polls showed that Baldwin earned strong support from women and was backed solidly by voters under 30 and families with incomes under $50,000. Thompson, on the other hand, took his support from whites, families with incomes over $100,000, and Christian evangelicals.
“We fought hard for this victory. And it showed — we won all across Wisconsin: from Chippewa Falls to Oshkosh, from Superior to Kenosha, and yes in Madison and Milwaukee,” Baldwin said. “We won because we stood up to the special interests and stood up for working Wisconsinites.”
“This was a great accomplishment for all of us — and a big victory for middle class families.”
Baldwin is both the first woman from Wisconsin elected to the U.S. Senate, and she becomes the first openly gay person to serve in the Senate. She takes over the seat of Democrat Herb Kohl, who is retiring after serving 24 years.
In the State Senate race, incumbent Lena Taylor easily defeated challenger David King. While in the U.S. House of Representatives race, Rep. Gwen Moore retained her seat, edging out challengers Dan Sebring and Robert Raymond.