Republicans Take Control in Wisconsin
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The Democrats won big in Wisconsin, going blue for President Obama and U.S. Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin. But the Republicans still rule the state with control of both state houses. Republicans kept their majority in the state assembly and recaptured majority of the senate. All this, just 6 months after a recall election that gave Democrats the upper hand in the senate.
Political analyst David Littig says re-districting helped the GOP gain control in both state houses.
"When you have a state wide election where it wipes out all the districts then you have a different vote and that same thing applies to the presidential election," Littig said.
The Republicans defended 4 senate seats and gained an open seat in the 12th district, which includes parts of Menominee, Oconto and Shawano counties.
State assemblyman Tom Tiffany (R) Hazelwood, won the seat by more than 14000 votes and says he'll continue to work with Democrats.
"It’s very important that we get the majority back and that's why I ran and I'm very pleased to have been successful doing that, but I won't sell out my principles, we have to have legitimately blanched budgets,” Tiffany said.
Senator Dave Hansen (D) Green Bay, kept his seat and will now go back to a republican controlled senate.
“This state has been a very progressive state and we've been able to work together federally, nationally, state level and hopefully we can get back to it, that would be my goal, and I’ll pledge to do that, I’m willing to work with the governor," Hansen said.
There is optimism for a new legislative session and a fresh start for these parties to work together.