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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.

Chief Toby Keef November 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Agreed. Homosexuality is different and that's scary and makes me uncomfortable. It's wrong because God.
William Eib November 12, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Who do you have in mind to represent the workers with the management? We would have no Middle Class, No suburbs, No high rate of college graduates (which is declining). I often hear; well, unions once had a role to play in America, but they are no longer needed. It took a lot of sacrifice loss of life, and many years to build the labor movement and in turn the Middle Class. It will not take very long to have the 8 hour day expanded without over time pay, expand the 40 hour work week, no more weekends off, paid vacation and holidays, gone. Now I can hear you chuckling, but there is nothing that can stop companies from doing what I have mentioned. Walmart is the template for future employment in America. They hand their part time employees medicaid and food stamp applications. That is what a lot of people voted against on Election Day. The Right can not keep it's relevance if all it can do is demonize everything.
William Eib November 12, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Mr. Schmidt: Your sad fatalistic view of the future, is something I hope you can get over. If I may suggest something. Stop shooting from the hip. Also, stop relying on FOX, Rush, Beck, talk radio shows, and the Right Wing Blogosphere for your opinions. The inherent problems with basing you opinions on contempt, dislike anger, negativity, is you are only interested in information which supports your belief system. There is very little need for substance or fact in your line of thinking. Just as long as it it is negative, easy to understand and repeatable. I am not even going to try to make sense of what you said. It's nonsense.
William Eib November 12, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Dick: what is your problem with same sex marriage? What is going to happen? Marriages for centuries were arranged by the Father. It was for economic and political reasons. Then out of the blue a couple of people wanted to find their own mate, to get married out of love. That just threw everything in to a tail spin. I am sure the same arguments against same sex marriage were used to stop marriages for love. When I was a kid, you did no marry out side of your faith or ethnicity. No way would an Irish girl marry and Italian guy. Unheard of. Miscegenation was a whole other issue. The combining of the Races. That was the end of the world and marriage as we knew it. Now here we are centuries later still having the same old argument. Holding on to something for reasons that are rarely articulated in the arguments. themselves. nothing is going to change, society will not crumble. Marriage will still be important and a grand ritual which we are slowly working towards as an act of love between two human beings. The ultimate vow of partnership. Accepted by society and in the eyes of the law. As far as procreating. I don;t see what that has to do with marriage. My wife and I have been together as man and wife for 46 years and no children. Just not for us. But it upsets a great many people that we did not procreate. Why? Is a constant mystery to me. That it would be such a big deal to other people that we chose not to have kids.
William Eib November 12, 2012 at 07:17 AM
What gave you the opinion I did not believe in GOD. I am curious.
Dick November 12, 2012 at 07:36 PM
William If you look at my first comment, I never questioned same sex marriage. William, you are changing the subject as well. I still hold to my comments that we have procreation because a man and a woman have the ability to make babies. In a same sex relationship, you cannot create a baby with out some sort of medical intervention. True? Also, I know many couples who have chosen not to have kids. I agree with you, who cares. It's no body elses business if you choose to have kids or not. That is a personal decision for each couple. I am well aware of the how marriage has evolved. I am also well aware that not all couples (male/female) cannot have babies- for while I was one of them. My and my wifes issue was medical. I'm sorry, there simply isn't a comparison as to why same sex couples cannot have babies, try as you may to dispute that.
The Anti-Alinsky November 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The perfect example of a failed B.O. compromise...B.O.Care! After B.O.Care passed the Senate, B.O. had more than enough votes for it to pass the House. At that time B.O. could have approached leaders of both parties and said... Ya know, this legislation is a piece of crap. It will only pass the burden of health care onto the middle class. You have a choice. We can come up with a REAL solution to the rising costs of health care and make efforts to get everyone covered. If not, we will just pass this bill and be done with it. Instead, Barack Hussein Obama chose to pass the biggest legislative boondoggle in American history!
The Anti-Alinsky November 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Funny, when Billy gets his way we are sore losers. When he doesn't we are evil.
Dick November 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
He may think he can walk on water because so many have made him to seem that way. The media included. The media is so biased it just isn't funny. Nothing you can say will make the poeple who believe inthe GOP change their minds. Romney should have won. Obama is all talk. Tax everyone over 250, 000. That's not taxing the rich. They have a funny idea of rich. In some parts of the USA, $250,000 is middle class in reality.
The Anti-Alinsky November 12, 2012 at 07:53 PM
William Eib wrote: "... Walmart is the template for future employment in America. They hand their part time employees medicaid and food stamp applications..." Billy, have you got a source for this, besides DailyKOS or HuffPost?
Dick November 12, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Who are you kidding. The Obama campaign started their nagative ads etc etc etc the day the knew Romney was running. Much of them filled with lies and slanted. They kept saying Romney didn't have a plan- well I watched the Obama speeches also, yes, to hear the other side. Nope, hardly heard anything about what Obama had in store for the next four years- what was his plan going forward? Not sure til this day. I guess we'll find out as we go, or will we? Hummm. Maybe it'll just sneak up on us. I suppose that Fox is just lieing about Bengahsi also. They have lots of documents to prove their case that this was quite possibly a cover up. Where's the proof from the Obama administration? Oh, now Hilary is retiring, Rice is out of town for the hearings, and Petreus..... sends someone else in place of him. All very interesting. I know, you have excueses for that too.
Dick November 12, 2012 at 08:07 PM
William, You are definately an extremist. Just like those union members who filled the streets of Madison, damaged our capitol which cost the taxpayers a ton to fix, spewed hate mail to our GOP representatives, etc etc for monthes on end. What did it get them in the end. Nothing. Millions of dollars later from the AFLCIO etc. Now they have taken to the courts in Madison WI of course, the most liberal place in WI they could find where they could find judges simpathetic to their cause. William, if you think the GOP wants to take away free stuff from everyone, you couldn't be more misinformed. We want to help people create something for own lives and wellbeing, not keep them dependant on Big Government.
William Eib November 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Auntie Alinsky: I play be the rules. If I say it, it is true. What are you talking about with facts. We are not going to let Fact Checkers run our comment thread. A little paraphrasing there. I think it's cute. And by the way, you don't think FOX would run that story, do you? Unless of course there was some anti Obama aspect to it/ They are my shining example of fine journalism. If it is anti Obama run with it. What ti the worst that could happen, some liberal catches us in a lie, who cares. Therefore, I stand by my words. Walmart and Food Stamps, just like peanut butter and jelly.
William Eib November 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Let me see, you claim that the sole purpose of marriage is to procreate, the scientific inability of a same sex couple to procreate, negates same sex marriage. Marriage is a coupling of two people, first out of responsibility to s and family, then as man progressed it came to have economic and political value. Then it became an act or expression of love, then it became institutionalized by the culture; engagements, booking the Church, the catering hall, the band, the bridal party, posting the bands, and getting a license. It is a finalization of commitment of two people to one another. That's it. The defenders of "Traditional Marriage" have added the rest. They defended Marriage against love, defended it against ethnic coupling, against mixed Religions, defended it against miscegenation. Now Same Sex get it's turn to fight for the right to call their ceremony a Marriage. Marriage is not some sacred cow, that if it it messed with the earth is going to fly out of orbit. The earth is round, it obits the sun, the moon orbits the earth. The moon is not made of cheese. We survived all of those apocalyptic causing events. You are trying to hold on to something that is not going any where. It's only you who cares about this and people of your mind set. You are causing alarm about something that is not alarming. If this is the center of your concerns, you need to get out more.
William Eib November 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Auntie Alinsky: "Funny, when Billy gets his way we are sore losers. When he doesn't we are evil." I wouldn't use the word evil, I'd go with stubborn. Nearly 4 years dedicated to bring down Obama, I had warned folks before, 4 years oaf a constant drum beat of negativity, contempt and pessimism, was no the way to go. You had to have something to offer the voter rather than Obama's college transcripts are not available, he is a Muslim. Very thin. But you were persistent. Y'all hung in there to the bitter end. Now you are all refreshed and ready to do it all over again. What loyalty to the GOP and the Right. I can not say I am looking forward to hearing Obama is a clone, a member of an alien race, his father was Charlton Heston. That's a hell of a way to spend one's time. It was destined to fail, and fail it did. Sorry, Ducky. Y'all lost.
William Eib November 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Thought some of you may find this interesting: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-05/republican-heavy-counties-eat-up-most-food-stamp-growth
J. B. Schmidt November 13, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Eib That is playing a game with percentages. If a the population in a GOP demographic went from 2% to 4% of the population of on food stamps because of the weak Obama recovery, that looks like a 100% increase. However, in a Dem demographic the usage of food stamps within a population could have increased from 55% to 75% and it only equates to a 36% increase; yet encompasses more people. We would both agree that the second demographic is considerably more dependent and well within the 47% that voted for Santa Claus as president.
William Eib November 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM
J.B.: I just report what I see, I don't need to make it up. How ever you want to slice and dice it is up to you. I thought it was interesting. But, not surprising. I saw a TV ratings article regarding the more bawdy shows on TV at the time; Dangerous Housewives was one, the article noted that these high sexual content shows were more popular in the Red States than the Blue. There may be something worthy of a closer look. Red States = FOX. Red States = Dangerous House Wives. Red States = Food Stamps. Is there a sociological self condemnation thing going on in the Red States. Let he who is with out sin? We are all sinners, as any self righteous Christian knows, but they also know; not all of us are gong to hell for our sins. Or at least that's how they interpret the rules. Do not pass GO and do not collect $200.00 dollars. ( It is not a tax!!!!)
Dick November 13, 2012 at 08:14 PM
William, you need to calm down. Once again you are changing the topic. I am not talking about marriage. I am talking about having babies. Good riddens.
William Eib November 13, 2012 at 09:31 PM
@DICK: "William, you need to calm down. Once again you are changing the topic. I am not talking about marriage. I am talking about having babies. Good riddens (riddance). Sorry. My bad. It was my misunderstanding that you were drawing some aspect of being able to procreate, with the legitimacy of Same Sex marriage. Was it?
William Eib November 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM
MAYBE OF INTEREST : Yeah, my sources do not meet with the standards of some but, at least it's good for a minor chuckle: There' s a short ad of negro comedians you have to wait through, sorry. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/jon-stewart-blasts-petraeus-affair_n_2121359.html My favorite part is Gretchen Carlson who,in one sentence she is able to create suspicion and indict the W.H. for conspiracy. Gretchen: "Petraeus SEEMED to side with the White House." (Then) "Petraeus SIDED with the WHITE HOUSE. Sly, I give her that. (Then) "WHY??" Why what? Was it: seemed to side or did side and so what?? By the time it reaches the comment threads it's PETRAEUS INVOLVED IN COVERUP WITH WHITE HOUSE. This is a primary reason FOX gets hit with so much criticism. House Wives of NJ gets great ratings, too. FOX; "many are saying," "it's being rumored." "Lot's of people," No one "is saying," until the moment FOX precedes their piece with one of those little set of words. FOX: "Is Obama a Socialist!!!? "Many are accusing Obama of being a Socialist!!!!," "Obama read Saul Alinsky (Who?)!!!!" In the Right Wing: "Obama is a Socialist!!!!" Paul Alinsky; not a Socialist, wrote "Rules for Radicals" the very same book the Tea Party used to organize themselves. Threads: Saul Alinsky, Obama's Socialist Mentor. Paul Ryan is an Atheist, his mentor was the Atheist Ayn Rand. Fact!!! Paraphrasing Descartes: FOX's new slogan: "We say it, therefore it its."
morninmist November 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The patron saint of the TeaGOP --Ronny R. said the same thing many years ago! @BoldProgressive 13m Newly-elected Senators Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren reject cuts to Social Security pccc.me/SMBM6s pccc.me/RXzG4R #p2 .....BALDWIN: With regard to Social Security, Social Security is in no way contributing to our deficit and debt, and shouldn’t even be on the table for the discussion about where we move forward from here............
William Eib November 15, 2012 at 01:02 AM
How does Social Security add to the deficit?
William Eib November 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
How does social security add to the debt, it is self funding.
morninmist November 15, 2012 at 06:20 PM
As Baldwin says---it does not. slouch2geneva @slouch2geneva 6m MT @KellyO: Senate women's class photo, current & newly elected. Record 20 for next Congress (not all in photo) bit.ly/QJgmeK
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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