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Barack Obama Wins Wisconsin

President Barack Obama, on his way to re-election win's Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes after defeating former Gov. Mitt Romney Tuesday.

President Barack Obama has won Wisconsin, considered by political pundits as a major swing state that would go a long way in deciding the 2012 presidential election.

Obama was declared the state’s projected winner over Gov. Mitt Romney. Obama and running mate Joe Biden overcame the popularity uptick Romney undoubtedly received when he announced Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan of Janesville as his vice presidential candidate this summer.

With the victory, Obama picked up 10 important electoral votes toward the 270 required to win the presidency. At approximately 10:15 p.m., CNN declared Obama a winner in Ohio, essentially giving him the election.

As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, with 91 percent of the vote counted in Wisconsin, Obama was leading Romney by a margin of 52 percent to 47 percent, according to FOX6 News.

Tammy Baldwin, who won Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race over former Gov. Tommy Thompson, said the people's voice was heard Tuesday in Wisconsin.

"I am honored, and humbled, and grateful," Baldwin said, "and I am ready to get to work...ready to stand with President Barack Obama. Ready to fight for Wisconsin’s middle class."

GOP wonders what happened

When Ohio's win was announced at the GOP election night party in Pewaukee, the crowd went dead silent, except for heavy sighs.

State Sen. Glen Grothman said Thompson and Romney lost in Wisconsin because neither candidate could run on something of substance. He said Gov. Scott Walker won in the state because he had proof of his ability to be a fiscal conservative.

"They did not do a good job of explaining their conservative values," Grothman said. "I think Tom Barrett was a stronger candidate than Tammy Baldwin. I think the Walker election was about balancing budgets, and making tough choices. I don't think Mitt Romney or Tommy Thompson did a good job explaining they were there to make tough choices."

According to MSNBC, Wisconsin exit poll data showed 54 percent of voters thought Romney favored the rich, while 43 percent said Obama had the middle class first in mind.

Democratic congressional candidate Rob Zerban, said he was disappointed he lost, but happy with the presidential outcome.

“I am thrilled that the American people have voted tonight for four more years of progress — for a president who wants to expand the American Dream, open new doors of opportunity, and secure a strong future for middle-class families across our country," Zerban said. "Tonight, that should give us all cause for celebration."

Path to victory 'not rocket science'

Sachin Chheda, Milwaukee County Democratic Party chair, said the party’s plan to get out the vote today was not rocket science — knocking on doors and calling people on the phone and to tell them, today is Election Day and here’s why it's important to go vote.

“We’re feeling really good,” he said Tuesday night. “We feel really good that Tammy Baldwin is going to pull this out in Wisconsin, and Obama, it seems, has already won Wisconsin, though we want to see some more results.”

In 2008, Obama and Biden won Wisconsin with 56.2 percent of the vote over Republican’s John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Obama received 1,677,211 votes compared to McCain’s 1,262,393 in 2008.

Tuesday’s victory is the seventh consecutive presidential win for Democrats in Wisconsin since 1984.

Kenneth London November 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM
In many ways - Democrats and moderates who "lean left" should thank the Tea Party, Fox News, and right-wing talk radio for "hijacking" the Republican Party and pretending to represent the party with their divisiveness, hate-mongering, hyperbole, stretching of facts, and "down low" racism. Mitt Romney might very well have been a decent, pragmatic, solutions-oriented president had he REMAINED an open-minded moderate; however he was forced to become something else to get the nomination of a Party that had surrendered to zealots - he was forced to become "anti-health care reform", "anti-immigration reform", "anti-ANY compromise on the deficit or on entitlements". Blame the Tea Party. Blame the far right-wing of the party. Unless Republicans do some soul-searching on taking on social issues, attempt to expand their base, and become welcoming to a diversity of views within their party - this election will be the CLOSEST they come to winning a national election.
Fred van der Wal November 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
@Kenneth London: In that regards,Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks the right words when it comes to the Republican party.He told his party to end "dumbed-down conservatism" by putting a stop to "offensive, bizarre" comments.Also commented that republicans need to stop being simplistic,need to trust the intelligence of the American people and need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.” I guess he might be a top contender for the next 2016 election,,he appears to be move street smart then Romney is.
John Feia November 16, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Governor Jindal may be speaking the "right words" now but where was he during the primaries? Governor Walker also spoke out about Romney's remarks. This all seems a little disingenuous to me. I think there is a little futuristic political ambition, not reliable political positioning at play here.
John Wilson November 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
John Feia - Yes, Gov. Jindal certainly is the real deal; he is the guy who mandated the teaching of "Creationism" in all the schools in his state. What an enlightened man…
morninmist November 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Wisconsin has spoken. The majority voted for Pres Obama. Yet the Gov still lives in his TeaBubble. Shameful. Jane @Jane_WI 3h @Lawsonbulk @cr8f Walker fails state on health exchanges: bit.ly/UKmcII #wiunion Jane @Jane_WI 3h @Lawsonbulk @cr8f Walker fails state on health exchanges: bit.ly/UKmcII #wiunion

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