Obama Again Carries Wauwatosa, But More Narrowly
President again captures city, but by a smaller margin than in 2008 when he overturned a tradition of Republican voting.
President Barack Obama for a second time carried Wauwatosa in a national election, although this time by a more narrow margin.
Obama polled 15,220 votes in Wauwatosa, compared to 14,511 for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
In 2008, Obama polled 15,573 to John McCain's 13,728.
Despite the Democratic president's win, Republican Tommy Thompson, in the race for the U.S. Senate, garnered 72 more votes here than did Democrat Tammy Baldwin, outpolling her just 14,588 to 14,516.
Obama becomes a two-term president after winning Wisconsin and the nation; Baldwin, after 14 years in the House of Representatives, becomes a U.S. senator-elect, the first woman from Wisconsin to hold that office. Thompson says he won't run for office again.
Wauwatosa voted for George W. Bush twice, in 2000 and 2004, before swinging to Obama and the Democratic ticket in 2008.
In other races affecting Wauwatosa, both the 13th and 14th State Assembly Districts were won by Republicans from Brookfield, besting two Democrats from Tosa.
In the 13th District, which is spread across the south sides of the two cities, Rob Hutton defeated John Pokrandt by 20,378 to 13,219. In the 14th, comprising the north sides of Tosa and Brookfield, incumbent Republican Dale Kooyenga defeated Democratic challenger Chris Rockwood, 20,921 to 14,451.
The voter turnout in Wauwatosa was a very high 88.63 percent, topping 2008's 86.5 percent. The total number of ballots cast was 30,182 out of just over 34,000 registered.
Below are vote totals for contested races in Wauwatosa. Results are for Wauwatosa only. The attached spreadsheet (see photo gallery) includes the unofficial vote tallies for all races broken down by ward.
|U.S. Senate||Tammy Baldwin||14,516||Tommy Thompson||14,588|
|4th State Senate District
||Lena Taylor||586||David King||388|
|13th State Assembly District
|14th State Assembly District||Chris Rockwood||7,894||Dale Kooyenga||7,496|
|5th Congressional District
||Dave Heaster||12,155||Jim Sensenbrenner||14,750|