Wednesday, December 26, 2012
From Scott Walker emerging as the only governor to survive a recall and Paul Ryan being selected as Mitt Romney's running mate, a national spotlight shined on Wisconsin this year – and sometime Wauwatosa was in the center of it.
Divisive – from recalls to recounts, it became a buzzword for Wisconsin politics in 2012. A national spotlight shined hard on Wisconsin this year, as it was a historic one for politics. Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville became a national household name after being selected as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate and state voters elected Tammy Baldwin to fill Herb Kohl's seat, making in her the first openly gay woman in the U.S. Senate. On the heels of a slew of recall elections and large-scale protests on the steps of the state Capitol building, the year kicked off with more recall attempts, including one aimed at Gov. Scott Walker. Largely…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
New reports put total spending in the congressional race past $78 million, shattering state records.
Candidates and interest groups poured more than $78 million into Wisconsin’s recent U.S. Senate race that led to Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s Nov. 6 win over former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson, making it the most expensive Senate election in state history. New financial disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show that the candidates, including those who lost to Thompson in the Aug. 14 Republican primary, spent just over $34 million during the current two-year election cycle through Nov. 26, the reporting cutoff. Baldwin led the candidate spending at $14.7 million. Thompson doled out $9.2 million, including $800,000 of his own money, the FEC filings show. Eric Hovde, who came in second to Thompson in the primary, …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Results for Tosa's vote, in which the city once more tilted Democratic for the presidency but supported Tommy Thompson over Tammy Baldwin by a small margin.
President again captures city, but by a smaller margin than in 2008 when he overturned a tradition of Republican voting.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Poll here close at 8 p.m., but swing states end voting as early as 6 p.m. local time.
Wisconsin voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as three hours before then, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 6 p.m. Wisconsin time. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. swing states Florida, Pennslvania and New Hampshire close their polls. The final two swing states, Nevada and Iowa, close at 9 p.m. CST.
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Heading into Tuesday's presidential election, Democratic insiders were feeling a bit more confident about their party's chances than their Republican counterparts, according to the results of Patch's final "Blue Wisconsin" and "Red Wisconsin" surveys. The surveys of party activists, elected officials and bloggers and other "influencers" showed 95 percent of the Democrats believe that President Barack Obama will carry Wisconsin and 92 percent say he will win the national popular vote. Among Republicans insiders, 70 percent said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will win Wisconsin, and 88 percent said he will take the national vote. 2012 ELECTION RESULTS All results shown here are statewide totals. Winners appear in bold. LAST UPDATE: 1…
In final Patch survey of influencers, Republicans predict a close race in Wisconsin, while Democrats seem sure of Obama’s victory here.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Patch’s final survey of Wisconsin political insiders reveals that party influencers believe the presidential candidates they support will previal in Wisconsin and nationwide in Tuesday's election. However, Democrats insiders seem a bit more confident that President Barack Obama will take Wisconsin, while Republicans are projecting a close race with Mitt Romney ultimately winning, with many saying polls that show Obama in the lead will be proven wrong. As it has throughout the campaign, Patch sent its "Blue Wisconsin" and "Red Wisconsin" surveys to more than 150 activists and insiders of both parties, and 60 and 40 Democrats participated in this survey. Most Republican insiders — 70 percent — predicted that Romney …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Though their names are separated by just a vowel, Republican Tommy Thompson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin have vastly different visions for the future. It's resulted in one of the most bitter and tightly contested races for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 4:50 p.m. Monday to include comments from Tommy Thompson after they were received. The most expensive U.S. Senate campaign in Wisconsin history, and one of the most watched in the nation, is down to its last day — and by most accounting is down to the wire, with no significant advantage to either candidate. Polls on the race between Gov. Tommy Thompson and U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin swung wildly since Thompson emerged as victor in the Republican primary. Thompson initially built a double-digit lead, only to see that reversed in Baldwin's favor. But within the past month of the campaign, those numbers have drawn back to a near dead heat, with perhaps a slight edge toward Baldwin but falling within the…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Marquette University released the last poll results before the Nov. 6 election on Wednesday.
The race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney appears to be shifting once again, according to a new Marquette University poll. Obama leads Romney by eight points in the latest poll results, 51 percent to 43 percent in the state. Two weeks ago, the race was declared a dead heat with Obama garnering 49 percent of respondents' votes to Romney's 48 percent. This poll was conducted after all presidential debates were held, and Professor Charles Franklin, director of the polling project, said the polls reflect how well voters feel their candidate performed. Among most interested likely voters, Obama still retains the lead, albeit a much smaller one with 48 points to Romney's 46 percent. When it comes to the US Senate …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker says that Mitt Romney did the right thing by canceling Wisconsin visit in light of East Coast storm.
With Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast Monday, former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson and Gov. Scott Walker momentarily cast aside politics to share their concerns about those in the path of the storm. The two appeared at the Republican Party of Waukesha County’s headquarters the same day that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney canceled an evening campaign rally in West Allis because of the hurricane. “Both of us are sad tonight that Gov. Romney could not make it," Thompson said. "He made it his mission that because of the storm, that it would not be right for government to be involved in a rally, but we thought that it would be good just to come together as individuals here.” President Barack Obama also canceled his Wisconsin …