Election 2012 Recap: Obama, Baldwin Victorious; GOP Regains Statehouse

MacIver News Service | November 7, 2012

[Madison, Wisc…] President Barack Obama handily won Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral votes Tuesday night on his way to a second term as President of the United States.

In Wisconsin, Obama received 1,597,201 votes compared to Mitt Romney’s 1,395,499. In comparison, Obama received more votes here in 2008: 1,670,474. Meanwhile, Romney performed better than McCain did with his 1,258,181 votes last election.

In the race for Wisconsin’s open US Senate seat, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin defeated former governor Tommy Thompson 1,528,143 to 1,363,317.

“Our victorious president has said time and again that change doesn’t come through one election or even one president. Wisconsin’s working families have taken their licks the last few election cycles, but tonight was an opportunity to continue the forward motion of that sometimes difficult but always necessary change for which he and Tammy Baldwin have fought so hard this election,” Mike Tate, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin said in a press release following the election.

Republicans fared much better in state government races across Wisconsin, maintaining their sizable majority in the Assembly and regaining control of the Senate.

After all was said and done, Governor Scott Walker praised volunteers and state election officials on a job well-done.

“Today, thousands of poll workers, election officials, clerks, and others have been involved in administering the 2012 Presidential Election in Wisconsin. While outcomes of elections are immortalized in history books, it’s equally as important to recognize the dedication of individuals all across our state who work hard, often times for twelve hour shifts, at the polls,” Walker said in a press release.

Results of Tuesday’s election cited above are courtesy of the Associated Press, which compiles the results. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board will not have official numbers unti the deadline for county clerks to report their canvassing results on November 20th.