DECISION 2012: Baldwin says economy drove her win, talked with Sen. Johnson on day after win

Johnson, Baldwin talk on day after election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says he's spoken with Democratic Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin and congratulated her on her victory in Tuesday's election.

Johnson said Wednesday that he wants to sit down with Baldwin and discuss areas where they can agree as they prepare to represent Wisconsin together in the U.S. Senate.

But Johnson acknowledges that he and Baldwin are about as polar opposite politically as could be.

Johnson is a tea party Republican elected in 2010. Baldwin is a liberal Democrat and the first openly gay candidate ever elected to the Senate.

Baldwin says voters sent a message Tuesday with her victory and by re-electing President Barack Obama that they are tired of gridlock in Washington.
Baldwin says economy drove her win

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Tammy Baldwin says her victory in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race was driven by voters' concerns about the economy. And she intends to work on pursuing an agenda to strengthen manufacturing both in Wisconsin and nationwide during her first year in office.

Baldwin defeated Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson in Tuesday's election by more than 5 points based on unofficial results. She spoke about the race Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Baldwin says voters also sent a message that they are tired of gridlock in Washington with her victory and by re-electing President Barack Obama.

Baldwin is a liberal Democrat who will now serve with tea party Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Baldwin says she plans to speak with Johnson Wednesday afternoon.


Baldwin wins strong support from women

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democrat Tammy Baldwin won strong support from women and younger voters in her U.S. Senate victory over former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

Exit polling conducted for The Associated Press shows 56 percent of female voters were behind Baldwin, as were 57 percent of voters under age 30. She and Thompson split the 30-and-older vote.

The former governor drew more support from whites, with 51 percent, and those with family incomes over $100,000, at 60 percent, as well as Christian and born-again voters. Baldwin will be the first openly gay U.S. senator and still managed to gain the support of 27 percent of white born-again voters, who traditionally are conservative on social issues.

The election was the most expensive for a Senate race in Wisconsin history, costing more than $65 million.

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