Image: Wisconsin 2012 Presidential results by county via Huffington Post
Minnesota’s purple neighbor, Wisconsin, hasn’t had a break from campaigning in a mighty long time. A union-led attempted recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker failed earlier this year, but as Tuesday’s results suggest, it isn’t because the state has become more conservative. More Wisconsin voters, 70%, went to the polls Tuesday than they did in 2008.
President: Obama by six points
U.S. Senate: Tammy Baldwin (D) elected as first openly gay member of the Senate
U.S. House: All seven incumbents, including GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, safely re-elected. Republicans hold five of the eight House seats, Democrats hold the other three. Mark Pocan (D) easily won the open seat Baldwin vacated in the Madison-area.
State legislature: GOP takes new majority in the Senate, expands margin in the Assembly. Democrats may make up lost ground in recounts.
“President Obama won the state by nearly six percentage points, thanks, at least in part, to support from labor unions and voters who approved of the auto industry bailout. A majority of voters in exit polls also blamed President George W. Bush, not Mr. Obama, for the economy’s problems. (more…)