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Capitol Notes: 2020 Wisconsin Election Results

In this update

Here is the current status of Wisconsin races with 95% of precincts reporting:
  • Joe Biden leads narrowly in Wisconsin, by just over 20,000 votes.
  • No changes in Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation makeup. Congressman Kind’s re-election was the closest at 51.5% to 48.5%. Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald was elected to succeed Congressman Sensenbrenner.
  • Senate Republicans will pick up two seats; 10th and 30th SD, giving them a 21-12 majority.
  • Assembly Republicans have lost 2 seats in the State Assembly (-2), leaving them still with a very large 61-38 majority.

November 3rd Election Results

Race for President

With 95% of precincts reporting, former Vice President Joe Biden has a narrow lead in Wisconsin over President Donald Trump. We will update these numbers later today and look more closely at turnout and performance of the candidates, but of note;
  • Turnout is at least 312,630 votes higher than 2016
  • Biden received at least 247,798 more votes than Clinton, and surpassed President Obama’s 1,620,985 votes in 2012 and is knocking on the door of Pres. Obama’s 2008 record 1,670,474 vote total.
  • Trump grew his vote total over 2016 by at least 204,302, giving him the highest vote total ever of any Republican presidential candidate in Wisconsin.

Race for Congress

There was no change in the makeup of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation as a result of the 2020 Elections, Republicans maintained a 5-3 majority on the House seats.
Of note were two races:

State Senate Races

Wisconsin State Senate Election Results:

Note these results are not official and subject to final canvas and potential recounts. But as of the morning of November 4th;
  • Republicans: 21 Seats
  • Democrats: 12 Seats
Republicans came out of the 2018 Elections with a 19-14 majority in the State Senate and entered Election night with an 18-13 majority and two vacancies; 12th Senate District (Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany was elected to Congress) and 32nd Senate District (Democrat Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling resigned and took a private sector position).
Republicans captured two previously Democratic-held seats and will enter the 2021-2022 Legislative Session with a 21-12 majority, their largest majority in recent political history.

Most of the political attention was focused on 6 seats;

  • 8th Senate District: Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), incumbent
  • 10th Senate District: Sen. Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset), incumbent
  • 18th Senate District; Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), incumbent
  • 24th Senate District; Sen. Pat Testin (R-Stevens Point), incumbent
  • 30th Senate District; Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay, incumbent not seeking re-election
  • 32nd Senate District; OPEN, Sen. Shilling (D-La Crosse resigned in May)
8th Senate District:
Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) wins re-election over Democrat Neal Plotkin (D-Glendale). Darling has represented the 8th Senate District since first winning election to the seat in 1992. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Sen. Darling served one and a half terms in the State Assembly. Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Darling was a teacher and marketing director. Sen. Darling serves as the Senate Chair of the powerful budget writing Joint Committee on Finance, a position she has held since the Republicans took the majority in the State Senate in 2011.
10th Senate District:
Republican State Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) has defeated incumbent State Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) in her attempt to win election to a full term in the Wisconsin State Senate. Stafsholt is a farmer and small business owner. Stafsholt served as Chair of the Sporting Heritage Committee last session as well as Vice Chair of the Financial Institutions Committee.
18th Senate District:
Freshman State Senator Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) won re-election to a 2nd term in the State Senate. Feyen defeated Democrat Aaron Wojciechowski (D-Oskhosh) a 23-year old former Winnebago County Board supervisor. Feyen was elected in a 2016 Open Seat Election to succeed Republican Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Oshkosh) who did not seek re-election and passed away prior to Election Day. Feyen was Assistant Senate Majority Leader last session and also chaired the Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade.
24th Senate District:
Freshman State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) was re-elected to a 2nd term in the State Senate. Testin defeated Democrat former Stevens Point police officer Paul Piotrowski, a veteran of the US Navy and a former Stevens Point City Clerk. Testing was chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
30th Senate District (OPEN):
Long-time State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) did not seek re-election. Eric Wimberger, an attorney and previous unsuccessful candidate for the 30th Senate District in 2016 defeated Hansen’s nephew Jonathan Hansen, a member of the DePere City Council.
32nd Senate District (OPEN):
Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) resigned her seat in the Spring to take a position with Dairyland Power Cooperative, creating an Open Seat Election in the 32nd, which set up a rematch of a 2004 State Senate election for the seat between Republican Dan Kapanke and Democrat Brad Pfaff. Kapanke won the 2004 race, defeating Pfaff by 5%.
With 100% of the precincts in the 32nd Senate District reporting, Pfaff has a 589 vote advantage over Kapanke.
Of the ten other State Senate seats up for election this cycle, 5 were “lightly” opposed (not very competitive races) and 5 candidates were unopposed:
“Lightly opposed”
  • 6th Senate District: State Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) was re-elected to the State Senate for a second term, defeating Republican Alciro Deacon (R-Milwaukee). Sen. Johnson previously served two terms in the State Assembly and was a member of the Joint Committee on Finance last session.
  • 12th Senate District: Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) was elected to succeed former State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) who was elected to Congress in a Special Election in June. Rep. Felzkowski was the Assistant Majority Leader in the State Assembly and a former member of the Finance Committee.
  • 14th Senate District: Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) defeated Democrat Joni Anderson in an election to succeed long-time State Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). Rep. Ballweg is a co-owner of a farm implement business and the former Mayor of Markesan. This past session she was Co-Chair of the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules.
  • 16th Senate District: Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) defeated Republican Scott Barker to succeed retiring State Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona). Rep. Sargent was first elected to the State Assembly in 2012 and re-elected since. A small business owner, Rep. Sargent was the ranking member of the Legislative Audit Committee this past session.
  •  28th Senate District: Republican Julian Bradley (R-Franklin) defeated Democrat Adam Murphy to succeed retiring State Senator David Craig (R-Big Bend). Bradley is a businessman and Republican grassroots activist who previously ran for Secretary of State and the Wisconsin State Assembly.
  •  2nd Senate District: State Senator Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) was unopposed in his re-election to the State Senate seat he has held since 1987.  In the last session Sen. Cowles was chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
  • 4th Senate District: State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) was unopposed in her re-election to the State Senate seat she has held since 2000. Earlier this year Sen. Taylor unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Milwaukee, losing to long-time incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett. Sen. Taylor was the ranking member of the Utilities and Housing Committee this last session.
  • 20th Senate District: State Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) was unopposed in his re-election to the State Senate seat he has held since winning a Special Election in 2015 to succeed Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) who previously represented the 20th SD. This past session Sen. Stroebel was a member of the budget-writing Finance Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.
  • 22nd Senate District: State Senator Bob Wirch (D-Kenosha) was unopposed in his re-election to the State Senate seat he has held since first being elected in 1996. Sen. Wirch was the ranking member on Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform
  • 26th Senate District: Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison) was unopposed in her bid to succeed retiring State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison). Sen. Risser was first elected to the State Senate in 1962 and was re-elected since. He is the longest serving state lawmaker in the country. Roys previously served in the Wisconsin State Assembly until the 2012 election cycle when she gave up her seat to run for the Congressional seat being vacated by Tammy Baldwin. Roys lost in the Democratic Primary to then State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison). Roys also ran for Governor in the 2018 Democratic Primary and finished 3rd to Governor Evers and Mahlon Mitchell in the 9-way Democratic Primary. Roys captured 40% of the vote in a 7-way Democratic Primary to succeed Sen. Risser. Kelda is the CEO and Founder of OpenHomes, a real estate brokerage that uses technology to help people sell and buy homes more easily and affordably.

State Assembly Races

Wisconsin State Assembly Election Results:

Note these results are not official and subject to final canvas and potential recounts. But as of the morning of November 4th;
  • Republicans: 61 Seats (-2)
  • Democrats: 38 Seats (+2)


Republicans came out of the 2018 Elections with a 63-36 majority in the State Assembly. Republicans lost one seat in the 2018 Election, the 14th Assembly District, which was an Open Seat Election formerly represented by Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and now represented by Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa).
Heading into the November elections Republicans had a 63-34 majority with two vacancies; 17th AD formerly represented by Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee), who resigned his seat after being elected Milwaukee County Executive and the 78th AD formerly represented by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) who resigned to take an appointment by Governor Evers to be a Dane County Circuit Court judge.
As of the morning of November 4th, it appears that Assembly Democrats have gained two seats;
  • 13th Assembly District; Sara Rodriguez (D-Brookfield)
  • 23rd Assembly District; Deb Andraca (D-Milwaukee)


“Most Competitive Assembly Races”
Most of the political attention has been focused on the following 19 seats (3 Democratic-held and 16 Republican-held);
  • 13th Assembly District (Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, incumbent); Sara Rodriguez (D-Brookfield) defeated incumbent Rep. Rob Hutton. Sara is a registered nurse and an experienced healthcare executive who has worked in a variety of leadership roles for over 20 years including recently founding a healthcare consulting firm. Sara was the Vice President of Population Health and Integrated Care Management at a local health system and has had various leadership positions with public health departments at the local, state and federal level, serving as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC. Sara has also worked in the private industry as a Vice President in the mobile health technology business within a Fortune 100 Company.
  • 14th Assembly District (Rep. Robyn Vining, D-Wauwatosa, incumbent); Rep. Robyn Vining successfully won re-election to her second term in the Wisconsin State Assembly defeating Republican Bonnie Lee (R-Wauwatosa). Vining was the only Democrat in 2018 to win a previously held Republican seat and held onto it again in this cycle.
  • 15th Assembly District (Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, incumbent);Rep. Joe Sanfelippo defeated his Democratic challenger Jessica Katzenmeyer in his re-election bid. Sanfelippo is the Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and a small business owner.
  • 21st Assembly District (Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, R-Oak Creek, incumbent) Rep.Jessie Rodriguez defeated Democrat Erik Brooks to win re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly. Rodriguez was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Family Law and is the Republican Caucus Secretary.
  • 23rd Assembly District (Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon), incumbent); Milwaukee Democrat Deb Andraca defeated incumbent State Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon). Andraca’s career experience includes working as an elementary school teacher, a vice president at FleishmanHillard International Communications, a communications director and lobbyist with the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, and a press secretary on a congressional re-election campaign. Ott was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006 and re-elected since.
  • 24th Assembly District (Rep. Dan Knodl, R- , incumbent); Emily Siegrist (D-River Hills) I’m a nurse, veteran, teacher, and mother to two young kids. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Emily served five years in the Army National Guard.
  • 30th Assembly District (Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, R-Hudson, incumbent); Rep. Shannon Zimmerman defeated Democrat Sarah Yacoub to be re-elected to the State Assembly. Zimmerman was first elected in 2016. Zimmerman is a business owner and entrepreneur and served as a member of the Joint Finance Committee during this past session.
  • 49th Assembly District (Rep. Travis Tranel, R-Cuba City, incumbent) Rep. Travis Tranel won re-election to the seat he has held since 2010, defeating Democrat Shaun Murphy-Lopez. Tranel, who is a dairy farmer and small business owner, served as Chair of the Tourism Committee last session.
  • 51st Assembly District (Rep. Todd Novak, R-Dodgeville, incumbent); Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) won re-election, defeating Democrat Kriss Marion. Novak, who was first elected in 2014 is the Mayor of Dodgeville and a former newspaper editor. Novak served as Chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality and the Chair of the Local Government Committee.
  • 55th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, not seeking re-election) Rachael Cabral-Guevara defeated Democrat Dan Schierl to succeed Rep. Rorhkaste. Cabral-Guevara is is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber.
  • 68th Assembly District (Rep. Jesse James, R-Altoona, incumbent) Rep. Jesse James was re-elected to a second term in the State Assembly defeating Democrat Emily Berge. Prior to serving in the Legislature, James was an Army medic, warehouse manager and Altoona Police Chief.
  • 73rd Assembly District (Rep. Nick Milroy, D-Superior, incumbent) Rep. Nick Milroy has a narrow 139 vote lead on his Republican challenger Keith Kern, a tavern owner from Superior. Milroy is a veteran and scientist and has served in the State Assembly since being elected in 2008.
  • 74th Assembly District (Rep. Beth Meyers, D- Bayfield, incumbent) Rep. Beth Meyers defeated Republican James Bolen to be re-elected to the seat she has held since being elected in 2014. Meyers is the ranking member on the Aging and Long Term Care Committee.
  •  75th Assembly District (Rep. Romaine Quinn, R- , incumbent retiring) Dave Armstrong, R-Rice Lake, defeated Democrat John Ellenson to succeed Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Barron) to represent the 75th Assembly District. Armstrong serves as the Executive Director of the Barron County Economic Development Corporation.
  • 82nd Assembly District (Rep. Ken Skowronski, R-Franklin, incumbent) Rep. Ken Skowronski defeated Democrat Jacob Malinowski to be re-elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. Skowronski was first elected to the Assembly in 2013 and Chair the Assembly Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
  • 85th Assembly District (Rep. Patrick Snyder, R-Wausa, incumbent) Rep. Patrick Snyder (R-Wausau) was re-elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly defeat Democrat Jeffrey Johnson. Snyder is a former Congressional staffer to Sean Duffy and talk radio host in Wausau. Snyder was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families last session.
  • 88th Assembly District (Rep. John Macco, R-Green Bay, incumbent) Rep. Macco defeated Democrat Kristin Lyerly (D-Green Bay) to be re-elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. Macco who was first elected in 2014, severed as the Chair of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee last session.
  • 92nd Assembly District (Rep. Treig Pronschinske, R-Mondovi, incumbent) Rep. Treig Pronschinske defeated Democrat Amanda WhiteEagle to be re-elected to the State Assembly. Pronschinske is a former mayor and a general contractor, and Chairs the Assembly Consumer Protection Committee.
  • 94th Assembly District (Rep. Steve Doyle, D-Onalaska, incumbent) Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) defeated Republican Kevin Hoyer to be re-elected to his seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Doyle is a former County Board Chairman and practicing attorney. Last session he was the ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Family Law.
  • 96th Assembly District (Rep. Loren Oldenburg, R-Viroqua, incumbent) Rep. Loren Oldenburg was successfully re-elected to a second term by defeating Democrat Josephine Jaynes. Oldenburg is a farmer, farming on the same land his Great Grandfather farmed between Chaseburg and Viroqua.
“Lightly Opposed”
  • 8th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, incumbent not running for re-election.) Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez was elected to succeed Rep. Zamarripa, who was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in the Spring. In addition to serving as a Supervisor, Ortiz-Velez spent more than a decade as a community volunteer in her neighborhood as well as operating a small business for several years.
  • 11th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee, not seeking re-election) In August, Dora Drake won the four-way Democratic Primary to succeed retiring Rep. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee. Drake is a member service coordinator at the Center for Self Sufficiency where she provides re-entry services to support those re-entering society. Drake easily defeated her Republican opponent Orlando Owens.
  • 17th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. David Crowley, D-Milwaukee, was elected Milwaukee County Executive) Supreme Moore Omokunde captured 56% of the vote in the Democratic Primary to succeed County Executive David Crowley; Omokunde is a Milwaukee County Board Supervisor and son of Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Omokunde defeated Republican Abie Eisenbach.
  • 29th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, is running for the State Senate). Republican Clint Moses defeated Democrat John Calabrese to succeed Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, who ran for the State Senate. Moses is a chiropractor and school board member.
  • 35th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, is running for the State Senate) Republican Calvin Callahan won the two-way Republican Primary to succeed Rep. Mary Felzkowski who is running for the State Senate. Callahan is a Lincoln County Board Supervisor and the owner of Callahan Wholesale. Callahan defeated Democrat Tyler Ruprecht.
  • 41st Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, is running for the State Senate) Republican Alex Dallman captured nearly 50% of the vote in a four-way Republican Primary to succeed Rep. Ballweg as the Republican nominee for the 41st. Dallman is a long-time staffer to Congressman Glenn Grothman, R-Campbellsport.
  • 44th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Deb Kolste, D-Janesville, did not seek re-election.) Sue Conley (D-Janesville) defeated Republican DuWayne Severson to succeed Rep. Deb Kolste. Conley is the Janesville City Council President and long-time nonprofit leader and volunteer.
  • 48th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, is running for the State Senate) Madison Alder Samba Baldeh won a competitive four-way Democratic Primary with nearly 50% of the vote to succeed Rep. Sargent in representing the 48th AD. Baldeh is the former President of the Madison Common Council and an IT Project Manager at American Family Insurance.
  • 57th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Amanda Stuck, D-Appleton is running for Congress against Congressman Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay). Democrat Lee Snodgrass defeated Republican Eric Beach to succeed Rep. Amanda Stuck.
  • 69th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Bob Kulp, R-Stratford, not seeking re-election) Republican Donna Rozar defeated Democrat Brian Giles to succeed Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford). Rozar is medical-surgical RN in the cardiac unit at Marshfield Clinic Hospital and a Wood County supervisor.
  • 76th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, not seeking re-election) Francesca Hong won the seven-way Democratic Primary with 27% of the vote to succeed Rep. Chris Taylor in representing the very Democratic 76th Assembly District covering downtown Madison. Hong is the co-owner of Morris Ramen Restaurant and co-founder of the Culinary Ladies Collective and Cook It Forward.
  • 90th Assembly District (Rep. Staush Gruszynski, D-Green Bay, incumbent) Kristina Shelton, D-Green Bay, defeated incumbent Rep. Gruszynski in the Democratic Primary with nearly 80% of the vote. Gruszynski, was forced out of the Assembly Democratic caucus after he sexually harassed a Capitol staffer, and the Democratic campaign committee supported the campaign of Shelton. Shelton is a Green Bay School Board member and a program director at the YWCA of Greater Green Bay.
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