The Latest on Wisconsin’s high stakes midterm election (all times local)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin’s high stakes midterm election (all times local):

12:05 a.m.

Republicans flipped a Democratic seat and held eight other key seats to maintain their majority in the state Senate.

The GOP went into Election Day with an 18-15 advantage in the Senate. Thirteen seats were in play, including eight Republican seats. Democrats needed to hold their five seats and flip three GOP seats to win a 17-16 majority.

But Republicans held their eight seats and Andre Jacque defeated Democratic incumbent Caleb Frostman on Tuesday night to ensure the GOP maintains at least an 18-15 advantage.

Republicans held their majority in the Assembly as well. The GOP has controlled both houses of the Legislature since 2011.


11:50 p.m.

Republicans have maintained control of the state Assembly for two more years.

The GOP went into Tuesday’s elections with a 64-35 majority in the chamber, an all but insurmountable advantage. With 16 races still too close to call late Tuesday night, Republicans had a 50-33 edge. Not a single Republican incumbent had lost.

The GOP went into Election Day with an 18-15 edge in the Senate. Thirteen seats were in play, including eight Republican seats. Democrats needed to flip three of those seats to gain a 17-16 majority but as of late Tuesday not a single Republican incumbent had lost. Three GOP seats were still up for grabs, though.

Republicans have controlled both legislative houses since 2011.


11:40 p.m.

Incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette has won his 11th term as Wisconsin’s secretary of state.

La Follette defeated Republican mortgage officer Jay Schroeder in Tuesday’s elections.

Republicans over the years have stripped the secretary of state office of almost all of its powers. They also relocated the post to a tiny office in the state Capitol’s basement.

La Follette campaigned mostly on Democratic talking points, saying he supports working people and wants to expand access to health care as well as restore civility to politics.

Famous Wisconsin progressive “Fighting Bob” La Follette was Doug La Follette’s great-uncle.


11:30 p.m.

Wisconsin’s race for governor is shaping up to be the tightest in more than 50 years.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers are neck and neck with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The lead has been flipping back and forth through the night as more votes are counted. The lead has been as small as a couple hundred votes.

The last time a governor’s race was decided by less than 1 percentage point was in 1960, when the winner had just under 12,000 more than his opponent.

There is no automatic recount in Wisconsin. But if the loser is within 1 percentage point, he can request a recount.


10:40 p.m.

Almost all of Wisconsin’s congressional incumbents have retained their jobs.

Democrat Mark Pocan won re-election Tuesday in southern Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District; Democrat Ron Kind won another two years representing western Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District; and Democrat Gwen Moore won re-election in Milwaukee’s 4th Congressional District.

Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner and Sean Duffy retained their seats in southeastern Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District and northern Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District respectively.

Republican Bryan Steil won the open 1st Congressional District in southeastern Wisconsin while Republican incumbent Glenn Grothman held onto his seat in the 6th Congressional District in east-central Wisconsin.


10:30 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman has beat Democrat Dan Kohl to hold onto a district that’s been in GOP hands since the 1960s.

Grothman won the 6th Congressional District race Tuesday despite concerns that heavy Democratic turnout would provide Kohl the boost he needed for an upset. In the end, the heavily Republican district proved too much for Kohl to overcome.

Grothman had said this would be the toughest race he ever faced. He’s never lost an election during his 24 years in Wisconsin politics, which include stints in the state Assembly and state Senate.

Kohl is a nephew of former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl.

The candidates clashed over health care and the benefits of the Republican tax plan passed last year.


10:15 p.m.

Democrat Tony Evers is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The race was too close to call Tuesday with about two-thirds of precincts reporting totals.

Evers held a slim lead over Walker. The second-term governor was underperforming in several key Republican counties that he won in 2014 on his way to a second term.

Democrats were trying to defeat Walker in his fourth time on the ballot in eight years. He won a recall election in 2012.

Walker himself has said his race against Evers, the state schools chief since 2009, is the toughest for governor in his career. Wisconsin is nearly evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, and President Donald

Trump narrowly carried it in 2016.


9:05 p.m.

Republican attorney Bryan Steil (STY’-ill) has won outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin congressional seat.

Steil is a Ryan protege. He defeated Democratic ironworker Randy Bryce on Tuesday to earn the right to represent southeastern Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District for the next two years. His victory denies bragging rights for Wisconsin Democrats, who had targeted the seat after Ryan announced in April that he wouldn’t seek re-election.

Bryce nicknamed himself “Iron Stache,” a play on his vocation and his thick mustache. He generated $6 million in contributions.

Steil worked for Ryan for a year in Washington. Ryan endorsed him. A super PAC aligned with Ryan launched

ads trumpeting Bryce’s nine arrests and branding Bryce a deadbeat for failing to pay child support.


8:58 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says her win sends a “loud and clear message” that people in Wisconsin want a senator who will stand up for them against special interests.

Baldwin soundly defeated Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir on Tuesday, winning a second term.

Baldwin was an early target for outside conservative groups that spent millions attacking her over the summer.

But after Vukmir won the August primary, Baldwin outraised her more than 5-to-1.

Baldwin says in her remarks are prepared for delivery at her victory party that “Democrats, Republicans and

Independents sent a loud and clear message tonight that they wanted a senator who works not for the special interests, but someone who works for you.”


8:50 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has won a second term, fending off a challenge from a Republican who ran as a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

Baldwin led Leah Vukmir in fundraising and polls throughout the race.

Baldwin is one of the most liberal members of Congress. The differences between her and Vukmir were stark.

They disagreed on almost every issue.

Baldwin made the campaign largely about health care and Vukmir’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

Baldwin argued for keeping the law and its guarantee of insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

It was Wisconsin’s first Senate race where both major party candidates were women.

Chris Watkins

Chris Watkins

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