Senator Baldwin looks ahead to second term

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is looking forward to shaping policies that benefit everyone, "not just some," in her second term representing Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin's first Senate race where both major party candidates were women, Baldwin defeated Republican Leah Vukmir 55.4 percent to 44.6 percent. President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin less than two weeks before the election to boost Republican candidates including Vukmir. Baldwin believes this ultimately played in her favor.

"I think voters saw that there were out-of-state interests who were trying to determine the outcome of a U.S. Senate race and said 'not on our watch,'" Baldwin said.

Baldwin campaigned in support of health care that covers people with pre-existing conditions and in support of the Affordable Care Act.

"Wisconsinites were saying two things: It's time for change in leadership-- it's also time to support a new generation of leadership. It was so issue-based," Baldwin said. "Last week I spoke to a woman who's deciding to fill her insulin versus feeding her kids. That should not be happening in America or Wisconsin."

With the Democrats taking over the House of Representatives, Baldwin said the way the Senate operates will change dramatically.

"We were seeing so much polarized legislation coming out of the house of legislation in the Senate. You need 60 votes to pass a bill, which means democrats and republicans have to work together in the Senate," Baldwin said.

Baldwin and newly-elected representatives will sit until they're sworn in in January 2019.