Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Baldwin defeats Vukmir

In this June 21, 2016, file photo, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her office on Capitol Hill, in Washington.
In this June 21, 2016, file photo, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her office on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

MADISON (WLUK) -- Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin earned a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate Tuesday with a comfortable victory over Republican challenger, State Sen. Leah Vukmir.

It was a quick and happy night for Baldwin supporters who gathered at her election night party at Monona Terrace in Madison. It wasn't long after the polls closed and the doors opened that many news outlets projected Baldwin as the winner.

Watch Baldwin's full speech in Madison:

In her speech to supporters, Baldwin said her victory would have been hard to predict two years ago when Donald Trump carried the state in the presidential race and special interests started targeting her Senate seat.

"Tonight, after more than $14 million worth of nasty attack ads, it means nothing, because I had something that they didn't: you," said Baldwin.

Baldwin continued her speech noting what she did in her first term and what she hopes to do in her second. She says she will continue to stand up to outside interests and fight for what she calls "doing right by Wisconsin."

"Doing right by our dairy farmers, who work hard to carry on a proud Wisconsin tradition," said Baldwin. "They need better trade deals, not trade wars."

Near the end of her speech, Baldwin said now that the election is over, it would be a good time for both sides to start working together.

"In Wisconsin, we understand that America will only be made stronger when our political debate becomes more about issues and less about knocking each other down," said Baldwin.

Polls throughout the campaign consistently had Baldwin leading over Vukmir, including the most recent Marquette Law School Poll, which had Baldwin with an 11-point lead among likely voters.

Before earning her first Senate term in 2012, Baldwin served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin released the following statement:

Wisconsinites have re-elected our Senator Tammy Baldwin tonight because they know she will always put Wisconsin first. Whether she was fighting to ensure young people could stay on their parents’ health insurance or keeping jobs here in Wisconsin, Tammy has been on our side leading the charge for a better future. We are truly lucky to have such a fierce advocate for our families and communities representing us in Washington for another six years.

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