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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Wisconsin

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November 6 Election Winner:
Tammy Baldwin Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Herb Kohl Democratic Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Tossup (Prior to election)

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Voters in Wisconsin will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run is June 1, 2012. The primary elections will be held on February 21, 2012.

The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Herb Kohl (D). First elected in 1988, Kohl is not running for re-election in 2012.


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [3]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic


     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Wisconsin Senate
Month Rating
January 26, 2012[4]     
December 22, 2011[5]     
December 1, 2011[6]     

Election history


On November 2, 2010, Ron Johnson (R) won election to the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Russ Feingold (D), Rob Taylor (Constitution Party of Wisconsin), Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. (Write-in Republican), and Michael D. LaForest (Write-in Independent).[7]

U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Johnson 51.9% 1,125,999
     Democratic Russell D. Feingold Incumbent 47% 1,020,958
     Constitution Rob Taylor 1.1% 23,473
     Write-in Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. 0% 134
     Write-in Michael D. LaForest 0% 129
     None Scattering 0% 638
Total Votes 2,171,331


On November 7, 2006, Herb Kohl (D) won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Robert Gerald Lorge (R), Ben J. Glatzel (I), and Rae Vogeler (Green).[8]

U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHerb Kohl Incumbent 67.3% 1,439,214
     Republican Robert Gerald Lorge 29.5% 630,299
     Independent Ben J. Glatzel 1.2% 25,096
     Green Rae Vogeler 2% 42,434
     None Scattering 0.1% 1,254
Total Votes 2,138,297

See also

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