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WPR: The Joy Cardin Show

Darryl Mayfield, an instructor at Upper Iowa University in Wausau and Chris Lato, a former communications director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, discuss the results of Tuesday's elections.

The most expensive U.S. Senate race in history is notable for another reason. Wisconsin has its first female senator, with Tammy Baldwin's defeat of Tommy Thompson.

WPR: The Joy Cardin Show

Arnold Shober, Assistant Professor of Government at Lawrence University, discusses the results of Tuesday's elections for president, Congress and state legislature. Plus, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) weigh in.

At the Holiday Inn in Ryan's hometown of Janesville last night, about 200 people gathered to watch election returns. They cheered when news came that Paul Ryan he had won re-election to his seat in Congress. But there were discouraged grumblings when the networks called the presidential race for Barack Obama.  It meant Paul Ryan would not be the first vice president from Wisconsin.  Richard and Nancy Bracken of Harmony aren't convinced Ryan's reelection to Congress will be enough to stop the damage they believe the President's health care reform efforts will cause.

Freshman Republican Congressman Sean Duffy defeated Democrat Pat Kreitlow last night in Wisconsin's Seventh Congressional District.  Duffy bucked a Democratic tide to win re-election in a race targeted by both parties.

Reid Ribble has won a second term in the House of Representatives.  The northeastern Wisconsin Republican says his next term will require consensus from both parties.

The Associated Press is projecting Barack Obama to be the winner of the presidential election in Wisconsin, and says he has been re-elected.  Just before 11pm, the president led Republican Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, 51-47%, with 65% of the state's vote counted.

Wisconsin polls have been busy today, and election officials expect more than three-million voters to cast ballots.

Milwaukee election officials say a couple of polling place observers have been asked to leave today, and several others have been warned. 

For high school student Janet Serrano, the streets of Racine were today’s classrooms. At the Racine Labor Center this morning,  the 16 year-old junior  was one of several hundred  students who boarded a fleet of rented vans, and headed out in a massive get-out-the-vote campaign organized by YES, the student arm of the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera.

WPR: At Issue with Ben Merens

Ben Merens talks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about civility.

WPR: At Issue with Ben Merens

Join guest Curtis Gans as he makes the case for keeping the electoral college system.

Voting is going fairly smoothly in Wisconsin so far, according to elections officials.  Lines at some polling places were long this morning, but Reid Magney at the Government Accountability Board says there have been no major problems.

In the wake of Wisconsin's voter ID law controversy, the Government Accountability Board says the only reason a person would need an ID to vote is if he or she is NOT currently registered. Spokesman Reid Magney says registering is easy to do on Election Day by bringing the right documents.

Young people might not flock to the voting booth the way they did in 2-thousand eight but a poll of of 18-to-29 year olds shows 55-percent are "extremely likely" to vote. That poll was done by the Center for Information on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. It shows higher interest in the presidential race compared to this summer. Both campaigns have had to address economic issues, like the high unemployment rate among young people.  Keith Knutson is an assistant professor at Viterbo University in La Crosse. 

In Milwaukee, Sanderal McKinney is helping the labor-backed group Wisconsin Jobs Now coordinate rides to polling places. McKinney has set up 70 rides for voters Tuesday. She says in the predominantly minority and low-income central city, it's vital that people vote.

WPR: The Kathleen Dunn Show

Stephen Battaglio, TV Guide business editor discusses his book, "Election Night: A Television History 1948 - 2012."

It's Election Day in Wisconsin.  Polls opened at 7 and will close at 8  tonight.  People waiting in line when the polls closed will be able to cast their ballots.

anWhile the occupant of the governor's office is historically far less important than the party that controls the state legislature, top state officials in coming years are expected to wield significant influence in at least one major area: health care.

President Barack Obama kicked off his final full day of campaigning as a candidate for office with a rally this morning in chilly downtown Madison. Mr.Obama told a crowd of about 18-thousand that they knew where he stood and that this election was about trust.

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