Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

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Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010

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Wisconsin State Senate
Elections for the office of Wisconsin's State Senate were held in Wisconsin on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 13, 2010. The primary Election Day was September 14, 2010.

Out of the 17 districts up for re-election, incumbents ran in 14 of them. The incumbent was defeated in four of the races -- all Democratic seats.

Republicans won a swing of 4 seats in the election to gain control of the Senate. During the 2011 legislative session, controversial legislation regarding collective bargaining was passed by the new majority, leading to subsequent recall campaigns across the state.

See also: Wisconsin State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Chris Larson
  2. Dale Schultz
  3. Frank Lasee
  4. Jon Erpenbach
  5. Joseph Leibham
  6. Kathleen Vinehout
  7. Leah Vukmir
  8. Michael Ellis (Wisconsin)
  9. Neal Kedzie
  10. Pam Galloway
  11. Rich Zipperer
  12. Robert Jauch
  13. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. Terry Moulton
  15. Tim Carpenter
  16. Tim Cullen
  17. Van Wanggaard

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Wisconsin State Senate:

Wisconsin State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 18 14
     Republican Party 15 19
Total 33 33


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Wisconsin in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 41 $4,251,736
2008 42 $4,912,818
2006 52 $4,536,726
2004 55 $4,324,018
2002 51 $3,014,637

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $4,251,736 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Public Fund $56,785
Galloway, Pamela G $45,131
Elmer, Monk $34,248
Richard, Rick $30,675
Hutchison, David E $17,699
Cmte to Elect a Republican Senate $17,226
Northwestern Mutual Life $16,000
State Senate Democratic Cmte of Wisconsin $15,767
Deutsch, Dane A $11,657
United Transportation Union $11,000


Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

One incumbent (8%) faced no competition in the November 2 general election and was thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 0 Democratic incumbents faced no November challenger.
  • 1 Republican incumbent faced no November challenger

Primary challenges

Only one incumbent faced competition in the September 14 primary. That incumbent, Jeffrey Plale lost to his challenger, Chris Larson.

Retiring incumbents

Three incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 14 (83%) ran for re-election. Of the 3 incumbents who did not run for re-election, 1 is Democrat and 2 are Republicans.

Incumbents who retired are:

Qualifications

Section 6 of Article 4 of the Wisconsin Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not have resided one year within the state, and be a qualified elector in the district which he may be chosen to represent."

List of candidates

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District 1

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Dave Hutchison (R) 7,752
  • Frank Lasee (R) 12,602 Approveda
  • Jon Soyring (R) 1,802

Note: Incumbent Alan Lasee (R) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Monk Elmer 28,800
Republican Party Frank Lasee 43,415 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Tim Carpenter (D) Approveda Incumbent Carpenter was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Carpenter 23,401 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Annette Miller Krznarich 14,796

District 5

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Sullivan (D) Approveda Incumbent Sullivan was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Leah Vukmir (R) Approveda (Vukmir has served in the Wisconsin Assembly since 2002.)

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Sullivan 33,702
Republican Party Leah Vukmir 36,852 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Larson was one of the 12 Democratic challengers who defeated an incumbent Democratic state senator.

Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chris Larson 37,165 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jess Ripp 27,772

District 9

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Joe Leibham (R) Approveda Incumbent Leibham was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason Borden 16,775
Republican Party Joe Leibham 45,663 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Neal Kedzie (R) Approveda Incumbent Kedzie was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2002.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party L D Rockwell 17,955
Republican Party Neal Kedzie 55,121 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Scott Fitzgerald (R) Approveda Incumbent Fitzgerald was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1994.
Independent Independent candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dwayne Block 19,230
Republican Party Scott Fitzgerald 44,529 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Vittorio Spadaro 2,071

District 15

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

Note: Incumbent Judy Robson (D) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tim Cullen 31,918 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rick Richard 22,181

District 17

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Dale Schultz (R) Approveda Incumbent Schultz was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1991.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carol Beals 21,580
Republican Party Dale Schultz 36,122 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for this seat.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Michael Ellis (R) Approveda Incumbent Ellis was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1998.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican PartyMichael Ellis 49,179 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • John Lehman (D) Approveda Incumbent Lehman was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Lehman 28,930
Republican Party Van Wanggaard 32,036 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Pat Kreitlow (D) Approveda Incumbent Kreitlow was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2007.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pat Kreitlow 27,375
Republican Party Terry Moulton 32,448 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Robert Jauch (D) Approveda Incumbent Jauch was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1986
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Jauch 31,437 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dane Deutsch 29,854

District 27

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Jon Erpenbach (D) Approveda Incumbent Erpenbach was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1998.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Tom Lamberson (R) 3,002
  • Kurt Schlicht (R) 7,540 Approveda
  • Tony Wickersham (R) 2,364

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jon Erpenbach 51,742 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kurt Schlicht 31,909

District 29

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Russ Decker (D) Approveda Incumbent Decker was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1990.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Russ Decker 29,742
Republican Party Pam Galloway 32,640 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • Kathleen Vinehout (D) Approveda Incumbent Vinehout was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kathleen Vinehout 30,314 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ed Thompson 29,911

A recount request was filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on November 9, 2010[3]. The recount was final on December 1, 2010[4].

District 33

Democratic Party September 14 Democratic primary:
  • No Democratic candidates filed to run for the District 33 seat.
Republican Party September 14 GOP primary:
  • Tim Dietrich (R) 8,562
  • Rich Zipperer (R) 24,208 Approveda (Zipperer was first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006.)

Note: Incumbent Theodore Kanavas (R) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Rich Zipperer 62,732 Green check mark transparent.png

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