Baldwin defeats Vukmir in Wisconsin Senate race

Baldwin defeats Vukmir in Wisconsin Senate race
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Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinTrade wars and the over-valued dollar Overnight Health Care: Senate panel advances drug pricing bill amid GOP blowback | House panel grills Juul executives | Trump gives boost to state drug import plans | Officials say new migrant kids' shelter to remain open but empty Senators vow to bring transparency to drug pricing 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 TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE won in 2016, including Wisconsin. 


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.