Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) defeated former governor Tommy Thompson (R) and will take Wisconsin's open Senate seat.
Baldwin will take over for retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D); she will be Wisconsin's first female senator and the country's first openly gay senator. But, she told supporters at a party in Madison, "I didn't run to make history. I ran to make a difference."
She reached out to her opponent and his supporters, promising to represent all Wisconsinites. "Tommy and I didn't agree on much in this campaign but there can be no doubt that he shares my love for Wisconsin," she said. "And even at the end of a long and sometimes bitter campaign, I’m still grateful for his service to our state."