Baldwin defeats Vukmir in Wisconsin Senate race

Baldwin defeats Vukmir in Wisconsin Senate race
© Greg Nash

Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinIt's time for Congress to establish a national mental health crisis number The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems unveil impeachment measure; Vindman splits GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems shift strategy on impeachment vote MORE (D-Wis.) trounced Republican Leah Vukmir in Wisconsin's Senate race on Tuesday, clearing her way to a second-term in the chamber.

Baldwin's win is welcome news for Democrats, who have touted their strength in Midwestern states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE won in 2016, including Wisconsin. 

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Throughout her general election campaign, Baldwin appeared well positioned to win another term in the Senate. She consistently led in public polls and outraised Vukmir, a state senator, by a wide margin. 

But Vukmir also received help from the Republican Party's leader: President Trump himself. The president boosted Vukmir and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a rally late last month. 

Still, Trump's approval rating in Wisconsin remains underwater. A Marquette Law School poll of Wisconsin voters released last month put the president's approval at 47 percent in the state, compared to 50 percent who said they disapprove of the job he's doing in office.

The Cook Political Report put the Wisconsin Senate race in the "Likely" Democratic column.