Hamilton Political Tidbits Election Edition – November 9, 2016

Nov. 9, 2016 - Political Tidbits Election Edition
Hamilton Consulting Group
 November 9, 2016
Election Edition
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Wisconsin turned out to be a surprise state to many of the pundits as the state that has voted for a Democrat for president for over 30 years saw Donald Trump narrowly edge Hillary Clinton for our 10 electoral votes.
 
Rural and suburban Wisconsin resoundingly chose Trump and the reverberations were felt all the way down the ballot as Sen. Johnson was re-elected and the state Senate and Assembly expanded their leads.
 
Wisconsinites were prominent throughout the election with major national roles that will continue to play out. Reince Priebus head of the RNC, Paul Ryan Speaker of the House and Gov. Scott Walker cheered on the victory and it will not be long before we see them all in a prominent role on the national stage again.  

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2016 Election Results

Presidential Results
Donald Trump swept key swing states and won Wisconsin, 48 percent to 47 percent. He is the first Republican to carry the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Trump received a total of 276 electoral votes, while Hillary Clinton picked up 218. 
 
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won no states, but picked up 3.6 percent of the Wisconsin vote and 3.3 percent nationally. Green Party candidate Jill Stein won no states, but picked up 1.1 percent of the Wisconsin vote and 1 percent nationally.

U.S. Senate Results
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson won the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race by a comfortable 3 percent margin. Challenger Russ Feingold was expected to win, but Johnson tightened the race in the final stretch to win 50 to 47 percent. Johnson's win helped the Republicans win the majority in the U.S. Senate, with 51 seats.
 
U.S. Congressional Results
Across the country, Republicans fared well, only losing 7 seats to Democrats. Overall Republicans will have a 235 to 191 majority in Congress. Wisconsin incumbents all held their seats, and Republican Mike Gallagher won the open 8th District (Green Bay) seat.
 
As expected, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) kept his seat against Democratic challenger Ryan Solen with 65 percent of the vote.
 
Rep. Mark Pocan maintained his Congressional seat in the Madison district against challenger Peter Theron with 69 percent of the vote.
 
Republican Mike Gallagher won the open 8th Congressional seat (Green Bay area) against Democrat Tom Nelson by a margin of 26 percent. While the race initially began as close, Gallagher was favored close to election day.
 
Reps. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse/Eau Claire), Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Washington/Jefferson counties), Glenn Grothman (R-Green Bay) and Sean Duffy (R-northwestern/central counties) kept their seats.
 
Wisconsin Assembly Results
State Assembly returned all their incumbents and knocked off one Democrat, Chris Danou as they increase their majority to 64-35.
 
Republican Robert Stafsholt won the open 29th Assembly District (St. Croix/Dunn) by a margin of 22 percent.
 
In one of the most-watched Wisconsin state races this season, Republican Ed Brooks defeated Democrat Arthur Shrader to keep his 50th Assembly District (Reedsburg/Mauston) seat by a margin of 16 percent.
 
In the 51st Assembly District (Iowa/Lafayette Counties), Republican Todd Novak kept his seat against Democrat Jeff Wright by a margin of 2 percent.
 
Republican Rob Summerfield won the normally Democratic open 67th Assembly District (Chippewa Falls) seat by a margin of 28 percent.
 
Republican Pat Snyder beat Democrat Mandy Wright in the rematch of the 85th Assembly District (Wausau) by a margin of 6 percent.
 
Wisconsin Senate Results
Republicans increased their majority by at least 1, from 19-14 to 20-12, with one race still too close to call. Republicans won the open 18th Senate District and knocked off longtime Democratic incumbent Julie Lassa. There is likely to be a recount in Senate Minority Leader Shilling's race against former state Sen. Dan Kapanke.
 
In incumbent Sen. Rob Cowles's (R-Green Bay) first election facing an opponent since his 2011 recall election Cowles beat Democratic challenger John Powers to win the 2nd Senate District seat by a margin of 30 percent.
 
In the closely-watched race for the late Sen. Rick Gudex's (R-Fond du Lac) open seat, Republican Daniel Feyen maintained Republican control of the Senate District 18 seat by a margin of 12 percent.
 
Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) in the unofficial canvas beat challenger Dan Kapanke by 58 votes. Over 82,000 votes were cast in the Shilling-Kapanke race and it appears to be headed for a recount.
 
Republican Patrick Testin won 52 percent of the vote in the 24th District, beating Democratic incumbent Julie Lassa. With the pick of that seat, Republicans would hold 20-12 majority in the Senate (with the Shilling-Kapanke race to be determined).

 
Click here for full 2016 election results and for additional coverage visit our 2016 Election issue update page. 
 


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News Clips
Politics
Republicans keep majorities in state Assembly, Senate: La Crosse Tribune, November 9, 2016.
Map: Wisconsin vote totals by county for president and US Senate: Wisconsin State Journal, November 9, 2016.
Race ends with triumph, possibility for Priebus: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 9, 2016.
How did pollsters get Trump, Clinton election so wrong? Oshkosh Northwestern, November 9, 2016.
Wisconsin GOP widens margins in state legislature: Wisconsin Public Radio, November 9, 2016.
Exit poll: Economic worries boost Trump in Wisconsin: Janesville Gazette, November 9, 2016.
Donald Trump wins presidency after stunning victory in Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Journal, November 9, 2016.
Glenn Grothman wins re-election in 6th District: Appleton Post Crescent, November 9, 2016.
AP: Krug wins 72nd Assembly race: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, November 9, 2016.
VanderMeer easily wins return to 70th Assembly seat: La Crosse Tribune, November 9, 2016.
Treig Pronschinske upsets Chris Danou in 92nd: La Crosse Tribune, November 9, 2016.
Katsma beats Clarke in Assembly race: Sheboygan Press, November 9, 2016.
Feyen defeats Harris in Senate battle: Fond Du Lac Reporter, November 9, 2016.
Bernier returns to seat in 68th District: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, November 9, 2016.
Spiros wins 86th Assembly race: Marshfield News-Herald, November 9, 2016. 
Vos, Mason defeat challengers: Racine Journal Times, November 8, 2016.
Duffy defeats Hoeft in 7th District: Chippewa Herald, November 8, 2016.
Vorpagel defeats Bulebosh in Assembly race: Sheboygan Press, November 8, 2016.
Pocan bests Theron in 2nd Congressional District race: Janesville Gazette, November 8, 2016.   
Ron Johnson defeats Russ Feingold in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race: Wisconsin State Journal, November 8, 2016.  
Mike Gallagher wins 8th District House seat: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 8, 2016.
Paul Ryan wins re-election: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 8, 2016.
GOP projected to retain House: The Hill, November 8, 2016.
A Wisconsin guide to watching the Trump-Clinton returns: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 8, 2016.
What to watch for on Election Day: The Hill, November 8, 2016.
Wisconsin could play pivotal role in Election Day outcome: Wisconsin State Journal, November 7, 2016.  

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