2012 General Elections in Review

In addition to hosting the reelection of President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, the upset victory of Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin over long-time governor Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate, and other races for the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2012 election cycle also decided the races for the state assembly and half of the state senate.

The 2012 elections for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate changed little to the makeup of Congress. The Democrats’ majority over the Republicans in the U.S. Senate increased only slightly from 51-47 to 53-45. Likewise, the Republicans’ majority over the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives increased only slightly from 51-47 to 53-45.

As a result of the elections for the state legislature, the Republicans reclaimed what had been a Democratic 17-15 seat majority in the State Senate and will begin the next state legislative session with an 18-15 majority of their own. In the State Assembly, the Republicans increased the 58-39 seat majority that they held prior to the election to a 60-39 seat majority afterwards.

In the federal legislative races, the WPPA made endorsements in four of the 9 races decided in the general election. The WPPA endorsed Republican incumbent Congressman Sean Duffy and Democrats Baldwin, Mark Pocan, and Ron Kind, all of whom were elected.

In the State Senate races, the WPPA made endorsements in all 11 elections decided, all of them Democrats. Eight of the 11 WPPA-endorsed Senate candidates won their elections. In the State Assembly races, the WPPA made endorsements in 47 of the 69 races decided in the general election. Of those, the organization endorsed 46 Democrats and 1 Republican. In total, 28 of the 46 WPPA endorsed Assembly candidates successfully won their elections.

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