WISCONSIN
     Nov. 6, 2018 Senate

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+Tammy Baldwin (D) i
1,472,914
55.36%
Leah Vukmir (R)
1,184,885
44.53%
w/ins
42

scattering
2.922
0.11%
 
2,660,763
Plurality 288,029 (10.83 percentage points).
 WI Elections Commission



Notes: U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) defeated
State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R) to win a second term.  Baldwin has a long career in Wisconsin politics; she served on the Dane County Board of Supervisors (1986-94), in the State Assembly (1993-99), and seven terms in the U.S. House (first elected in 1998).  Vukmir, who represents the 5th District (parts of Miwaukee and Waukesha counties in southern Wisconsin), previously served in the Assembly and is a nurse.  In the Aug. 14 Republican primary she defeated businessman Kevin Nicholson by 48.9% to 43.06%.

Baldwin and Vukmir engaged in three debates: on Oct. 8 hosted by WTMJ-TV at UW Milwaukee (+); on Oct. 13 sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in Wausau (+); and on Oct. 19 sponsored by WISN-TV and the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee (+).

The Baldwin campaign had a huge financial advantage over the Vukmir campaign; according to Open Secrets from 2013-18 it raised and spent $30.7 million, while the Vukmir campaign raised $5.7 million and spent $5.6 million (+).  Outside spending was dominated by Republican groups, although a significant amount of that went into the Vukmir-Nicholson primary race (+).
 
See also:
Scott Bauer.  "Baldwin's team says digital ad strategy provides road map."  Associated Press, Nov. 18, 2018.

 
Campaign Managers:
Tammy Baldwin: 
Scott Spector
Previously political director to Baldwin.  Executive director of Wisconsin Progress.  Worked at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.  Government relations director
at AFT-Wisconsin.  Worked at We Are Wisconsin.  Wisconsin field director on Howard Dean's campaign. Worked for the Wisconsin Education Association Council.  Graduate degree from Teacher's College at Columbia University.  Studied political science and University of Wisconsin-Madison; was the campus director for Sen. Bill Bradley.  Originally from Oceanside, NY.

Leah Vukmir:  Jess Ward
(Jan. 2018)  Chief of staff in the Assistant Majority Leader's Office in the Wisconsin State Senate from Aug. 2015; policy advisor in the Senate President's Office, Jan.-Aug. 2015; research analyst/committee clerk in the Wisconsin State Assembly, March-Dec. 2014; policy advisor in the Assembly Majority Leader's Office, Jan. 2013-March 2014.  Regional events coordinator for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, July-Dec. 2012.  Supervising adult probation officer in Maricopa County (AZ), April 2007-July 2012.  M.P.A. rom Northern Arizona University; B.A. in public administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.

 
  




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