Wisconsin was one of many battleground states that ultimately sent its electoral votes to President Barack Obama last night. And Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin helped Democrats maintain their edge in the U-S Senate, in the process becoming Wisconsin's first woman Senator and the first openly gay Senator in U-S history.
All year long Tammy Baldwin ran a steady, disciplined campaign, rarely veering from her message. That continued last night right on up through her victory speech.
The most expensive U.S. Senate race in history is notable for another reason. Wisconsin has its first female senator, with Tammy Baldwin's defeat of Tommy Thompson.
As a longtime governor of the state and former cabinet secretary, Tommy Thompson was better-known, but Tammy Baldwin quickly made her name and positions familiar to voters. She stressed economic fairness on Wall Street, in foreign trade, and the nation's tax code.