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Wisconsin Stands Out in Nationwide Republican Groundswell


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Just two years after Wisconsinites gave Democrats their nearly full support, the voters did a complete about-face Tuesday.

The Badger State was the only one in the nation where Democrats lost the governor’s office, an entire Legislature, a U.S. Senate seat, and a majority in the state’s House delegation.

Republican Scott Walker ended the Democrats’ 8 year stronghold on the governor’s office with 52 percent of the vote over Tom Barrett. And the voters made it easier for Walker to achieve his goals, by giving him Republican majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson becomes the state’s first Republican U.S. Senator since Russ Feingold replaced Bob Kasten in 1992. Tuesday, Feingold got 47 percent in losing his bid for a 4th term. Nationally, Democrats kept the Senate but lost the House.

And in Wisconsin, Republicans gained 2 House seats, giving them the majority in the state’s delegation for the first time since the mid-90’s. Appleton Democrat Steve Kagen was ousted after two terms, getting 45 percent in falling to De Pere roofing contractor Reid Ribble. And Sean Duffy gave the GOP the northern Wisconsin House seat for the first time since Mel Laird held it in the 1960’s.

Exit polls showed that almost two-thirds of Wisconsin voters were not happy about the way the federal government was running. A slim majority was dissatisfied with Barack Obama’s presidency so far. And 9 of 10 voters were worried about the way the economy was heading over the next year.