Baldwin Victorious In U.S. Senate Race

Late returns from Democratic strongholds push her over the top against Thompson.

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin claimed victory in Wisconsin’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, defeating former Gov. Tommy Thompson by a small margin and helping her Democratic Party hold on to its narrow national majority.

Baldwin, at her Election Night gathering in Madison, by then a victory part, said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you," to her supporters there and around the state just before 11:30 p.m.

“It's that battle for Wisconsin's middle class that this has all been about since this journey began 14 months ago,” Baldwin said. "Everywhere that I've gone in our beautiful state, people have told me that they want a senator who will listen to the middle class when they need help... A senator who will wake up every morning and fight for the middle class.

"They've told me that they want an economy in which everyone plays by the same rules and everyone does their fair share. They've told me that they want a level playing field, one where China can't cheat our workers and millionaires cant' dodge taxes and Wall Street can't trash our economy with risky gambling."

Baldwin also said in her victory speech she was "well aware" that she is not only the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin but also the only openly gay person ever elected to that body in the United States.

But, "I didn’t run to make history," Baldwin said. "I ran to make a difference – a difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills, a difference in the lives of students worried about debt and seniors worried about their retirement security, a difference in the lives veterans who fought for us and need someone fighting for them and their families when they return home from war – a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs trying to build a business and working people trying to build some economic security.

"But in choosing me to tackle those challenges, the people of Wisconsin have made history."

Thompson concedes

In a concession that followed quickly, Thompson, for the first time on the losing end of an election, said of his supporters, “Not the way I planned it. I let them down by not winning, I love them all so very much.”

“I’ve never campaigned harder. What a group of people who helped out. “Thanks to everyone who just worked so hard.”

“I ran, ladies and gentlemen," Thompson said, "because I love this country and this state. I believe so much the fact that we are so fortunate to be Americans and have the opportunity to have the liberty and freedom to do whatever we want to do.”

Of the outcomes, Thompson was magnanimous.

“He’s our president. I hope he will lead our country in the right direction,” he said of President Obama's win.

Toward Baldwin, he said: “I congratulate our senator, but she wasn’t my first choice. I hope she serves our state well.”

In conclusion – and in conclusion of his political career, apparently, as he said he wouldn't run again – Thompson said, "We fought the good fight, and we came up short. But that doesn't mean we should stop fighting for our principles, ideals, and beliefs."

Wisconsin win solidifies Democratic Senate hold

Baldwin rode to victory with President Barack Obama as he won Wisconsin and the nation. But she had been polling behind the president and her victory came only some time after his had been declared.

Baldwin’s win widens a thin Democratic majority in the Senate as other races around the country were decided – including several more in favor of the Democrats in states such as Virginia, Missouri and Indiana.

Baldwin and Thompson ran the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the state’s history, with about $50 million spent from reported sources and more from secretive super-PACs.

Going into Election Day, Democrats held 51 seats plus the support of two independents, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucus with them. The Republican Party held 47 seats.

In all, 33 positions were up for grabs, 21 held by Democrats, both Lieberman’s and Sanders’, and 10 held by Republicans. Lieberman did not seek re-election and his open seat was among those some considered in doubt for the Democrats.

As the elections played out, it appeared that the Democrats would not only keep control of the Senate but would likely gain seats as final returns came in.

morninmist November 15, 2012 at 06:35 PM
YUP. Good ol Ronny was spot on. Bernie Sanders @SenSanders 22h Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit. - Ronald Reagan, Oct. 7, 1984 #NoCuts #Budget
William Eib November 16, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Hello My Fellow Commentators: Big Question. Who is this guy? and why is there no hue and cry for his resignation? Do the Democrats have to take care of your house cleaning, too? Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (the Abortion King)
William Eib November 16, 2012 at 04:42 AM
John McCain has stepped in it!. Screaming for more info on Benghazi. Then, he does not attend a meeting with the intelligence department heads to update John McCain's committee on Benghazi. John McCain does not show up. Why? Because he was having a press conference to let the press know he is still waiting for more info on Benghazi. He is off the rails on this thing. And how he doesn't see the parallel between Condoleezza Rice going before the public to tell America about WMDs (which were not found), reading the latest intelligence information about WMDs. The info subsequently was proven Wrong. Yet no one attacked Condolezza Rice, and John McCain voted for her for Secretary of State. Susan Rice, goes before the public to update them on the Benghazi incident. She is relying on the most current info provided by the CIA, She makes it quite clear in her remarks that this is an early report and that more will be coming, she like Condolezza was reading a statement provided to her by the CIA. This information turns out to be inaccurate, as was the WMD info. So john McCain decides to punish the messenger. He gave Condolezza a pass, but will not give Susan a chance to even have a say. Her career is toast thanks to McCain. He is still trying to get revenge for being beating by a young liberal Negro. He is suffering from what Mitt is trying to explain away to ease his embarrassment of being beaten by a Negro as well. And the same Negro. McCain is nutz.
William Eib November 16, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Petraeus is testifying tomorrow. So there goes the conspiracy theory, he was screwed by the WH to stop him from testifying. I mean, it is the CIA. They could always give him a heart attack going up the capitol steps. Or a Semi plows in to his car. Or someone sticks him with an umbrella with a poison pellet in it's tip. Or his babe shows up at the hotel, his wife comes in and shoots both of them. Take your pick. Or make up your own. The Benghazi conspiracy nuts at FOX are gong to have egg on their face once again. The Birther thing was an embarrassment and this will be an other red faced moment. Like the unemployment numbers going up in all of the states hit by Sandy. And Moe of FOX and Friend's Three Stooges, is astonished that a Hurricane can get people fired. Businesses were destroyed, what a putz. What frigging planet does that toady live on? My God, and they wonder why Mitt lost?
James R Hoffa November 16, 2012 at 05:25 AM
@William Eib - What do any of your recent postings on this board have to do with Baldwin beating Thompson in the Wisconsin Senate race? Is your reading comprehension really that bad and worthless, or do you just like spamming blogs with random off-topic ramblings?


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