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Wisconsin 2010 legislative election results

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Wisconsin State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Wisconsin State Senate. For results in individual contests see our Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

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


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 13 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Four incumbents lost, and thus 9 incumbents were re-elected to the Wisconsin State Senate.
  • There will be 8 new senators sworn-in, 2 Democratic candidates and 6 Republicans.
  • Of the 17 seats up for election, 6 were won by Democrats and 11 by Republicans.
  • 2 candidates were unopposed, both Republicans.
  • 0 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In Wisconsin, 4 incumbent senators did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 13 incumbents (76.5%) ran for re-election. Of the 13 who ran, 4 were defeated (all Democratic incumbents).

Incumbents who ran on November 2

Kathleen Vinehout (D), first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006.

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

John Lehman (D), first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2006. He was defeated in his 2010 re-election bid by Van Wanggaard (R).

The followings is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Jim Sullivan
John Lehman
Pat Kreitlow
Russ Decker

Challengers who beat an incumbent

Leah Vukmir (R) defeated incumbent Jim Sullivan (D) in the November 2 general election. Vukmir had been a state assemblywoman since 2003.

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Leah Vukmir
Pam Galloway
Terry Moulton
Van Wanggaard

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In Wisconsin, 8 new senators will be sworn-in, 2 Democratic candidates and 6 Republicans. In total, Wisconsin elected 17 senators, 11 Republicans and 6 Democrats.

Newly elected senators

The following is the newly-elected member of the Wisconsin State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Wisconsin State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Scott Fitzgerald, first elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1994. Fitzgerald won re-election in 2010.

Competitiveness

Michael Ellis was one of 2 unopposed Republican senate candidates in 2010. He was first elected in 1998.

Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's non-partisan unicameral legislature). In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Wisconsin, 2 candidates (11.8% of seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 2, both were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic


All Democratic candidates faced a Republican opponent.

Republican

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In Wisconsin, none of the 31 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Wisconsin State Assembly Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Wisconsin State Assembly. For results in individual contests, see our Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the State Assembly before and after the election:

Wisconsin State Assembly
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 50 38
     Republican Party 45 60
     Independent 2 1
     Vacancy 2 -
Total 99 99


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Assembly Overview:

  • There were 79 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 10 incumbents lost, and thus 69 incumbents were re-elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 10 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 29 new representatives sworn-in, 5 Democrats and 24 Republicans.
  • Of the 99 seats up for election, 38 were won by Democrats, 60 by Republicans and 1 Independent.
  • 31 candidates were unopposed, 14 Democrats and 17 Republicans.
  • 20 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In Wisconsin, 79 (79.8%) incumbents ran for re-election. Of these 79, 10 incumbent representatives were defeated. All 10 incumbents were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Joan Ballweg (R) was first elected to the assembly in 2004. She was re-elected in 2010.


  1. Alvin Ott
  2. Amy Vruwink
  3. Andy Jorgensen
  4. Ann Hraychuck
  5. Barbara Toles
  6. Bill Kramer
  7. Chris Danou
  8. Christine Sinicki
  9. Cory Mason
  10. Dan Meyer
  11. Daniel Knodl
  12. Daniel LeMahieu
  13. David Cullen
  14. Dean Kaufert
  15. Don Pridemore
  16. Donna Seidel
  17. Ed Brooks
  18. Fred Clark
  19. Frederick Kessler
  20. Garey Bies
  21. Gary Hebl
  22. Gary Tauchen
  23. Gordon Hintz
  24. James Soletski
  25. Jason Fields
  26. Jeff Fitzgerald
  27. Jeff Smith (Wisconsin)
  28. Jeffrey Mursau
  29. Jeffrey Stone
  30. Jennifer Shilling
  31. Jerry Petrowski
  32. Jim Ott
  33. Joan Ballweg
  34. Joel Kleefisch
  35. John Murtha
  36. John Nygren
  37. John Steinbrink
  38. Jon Richards
  39. Joseph Parisi
  40. Josh Zepnick
  41. Karl Van Roy
  42. Keith Ripp
  43. Kelda Roys
  44. Kevin Petersen
  45. Kim Hixson
  46. Kristen Dexter
  47. Lee Nerison
  48. Leon Young
  49. Louis Molepske, Jr.
  50. Margaret Krusick
  51. Mark Gottlieb
  52. Mark Honadel
  53. Mark Pocan
  54. Mark Radcliffe
  55. Marlin Schneider
  56. Mary Williams
  57. Michael Huebsch
  58. Mike Sheridan
  59. Nick Milroy
  60. Pat Strachota
  61. Penny Bernard Schaber
  62. Peter Barca
  63. Phil Garthwaite
  64. Richard Spanbauer
  65. Robert Turner
  66. Robert Ziegelbauer
  67. Robin Vos
  68. Samantha Kerkman
  69. Sandy Pasch
  70. Scott Gunderson
  71. Scott Suder
  72. Sondy Pope
  73. Stephen Nass
  74. Steven Kestell
  75. Tamara Grigsby
  76. Ted Zigmunt
  77. Terese Berceau
  78. Terry Van Akkeren
  79. Tony Staskunas

Incumbents defeated

Marlin Schneider (D) was first elected to the assembly in 1970. Schneider lost his bid for re-election to Scott Krug (R) in the 2010 general election.
Kim Hixson (D) was first elected to the assembly in 2008. Hixson lost his bid for re-election to Evan Wynn (R) in the 2010 general election.

The followings is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Ann Hraychuck
James Soletski
Jeff Smith (Wisconsin)
Kim Hixson
Kristen Dexter
Marlin Schneider
Mike Sheridan
Phil Garthwaite
Ted Zigmunt
Terry Van Akkeren

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Andre Jacque
Erik Severson
Evan Wynn
Joe Knilans
John Klenke
Kathy Bernier
Mike Endsley
Scott Krug
Travis Tranel
Warren Petryk

New Representatives and General Election Winners

Howard Marklein (R) won election to the assembly in 2010. Marklein defeated incumbent John Simonson (D) in the general election.

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In Wisconsin, 30 new representatives will be sworn-in, 5 Democrats and 26 Republicans. In the 19 open seat contests, Republicans won 15 while Democrats won 5. In total, Wisconsin elected 99 representatives, 60 Republicans and 38 Democrats and 1 Independent.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the Wisconsin State Assembly:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

Andy Jorgensen (D) was first elected to the assembly in 2006. He won re-election in 2010.

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

Jason Fields was first elected to the assembly in 2004. He won re-election in 2010.

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly:

Democratic

Republican

Joel Kleefisch (R) was first elected to the assembly in 2004. He won re-election in 2010.


  1. Alvin Ott
  2. Amy Loudenbeck
  3. Andre Jacque
  4. Bill Kramer
  5. Chad Weininger
  6. Chris Kapenga
  7. Dale Kooyenga
  8. Dan Meyer
  9. Daniel Knodl
  10. Daniel LeMahieu
  11. Dean Kaufert
  12. Dean Knudson
  13. Don Pridemore
  14. Ed Brooks
  15. Erik Severson
  16. Evan Wynn
  17. Garey Bies
  18. Gary Tauchen
  19. Howard Marklein
  20. Jeff Fitzgerald
  21. Jeffrey Mursau
  22. Jeffrey Stone
  23. Jeremy Thiesfeldt
  24. Jerry Petrowski
  25. Jim Ott
  26. Jim Steineke
  27. Joan Ballweg
  28. Joe Knilans
  29. Joel Kleefisch
  30. John Klenke
  31. John Murtha
  32. John Nygren
  33. Karl Van Roy
  34. Kathy Bernier
  35. Keith Ripp
  36. Kevin Petersen
  37. Lee Nerison
  38. Mark Gottlieb
  39. Mark Honadel
  40. Mary Williams
  41. Michael Huebsch
  42. Michelle Litjens
  43. Mike Endsley
  44. Mike Kuglitsch
  45. Pat Strachota
  46. Paul Farrow
  47. Richard Spanbauer
  48. Robin Vos
  49. Roger Rivard
  50. Samantha Kerkman
  51. Scott Gunderson
  52. Scott Krug
  53. Scott Suder
  54. Stephen Nass
  55. Steven Kestell
  56. Tom Larson
  57. Tom Tiffany
  58. Travis Tranel
  59. Tyler August
  60. Warren Petryk

Other

Additionally, one independent candidate won re-election:

Competitiveness

Mark Pocan was first elected to the assembly in 1998. He was one of 14 unopposed Democratic candidates in the 2010 general election.

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Wisconsin, 31 candidates (31.3% of all seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 31, 14 were Democrats and 17 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

Republican

Dean Kaufert was first elected to the assembly in 1990. He was one of 17 unopposed Republican candidates in the 2010 general election.

Ballot Access

In Wisconsin, 20 (10.6%) of the 188 assembly candidates ran as independent or third party candidates.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

Wisconsin