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.
Foreign Policy has not been a focus in the the current US Senate race in Wisconsin. But both candidates have staked out opposing positions on Iran's nuclear capability and the use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
When candidates from opposing parties move to the middle, casual voters may not be able to notice much difference between the individuals. The candidates running for Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seat are reaching out to the mainstream, while accusing each other of being on the fringe when it comes to health care.
Wisconsin Senate candidates Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson kept up their disagreement over a vote on nine-eleven victims, as they completed a series of debates Friday night.
Former Bush Administration cabinet member Tommy Thompson has been criticizing Democratic Congresswoman Baldwin over her 2006 vote against a resolution honoring victims of the nine-eleven attacks. Baldwin says she opposed the item because it also endorsed the Patriot Act. She says she's supported nine other resolutions backing the nine-eleven victims.