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Ryan has been a congressman in the First District since 1998. He campaigned in Wisconsin plenty of times, after being named Mitt Romney's running mate. Monday night around 11, at a rally at the Milwaukee airport, the Janesville Republican even suggested the GOP ticket had a chance to defeat the Democrats. 

The chant, "Mandy!  Mandy!" went up at Wausau's Labor Temple for the 85th Assembly District winner: sixth-grade teacher Mandy Wright, the unlikely candidate who beat Republican Pat Snyder, a conservative radio firebrand with thousands of listeners. Wright's soft voice was almost drowned out as she told the loud, boisterous crowd, "This is what democracy looks like."

WPR: The Kathleen Dunn Show

Dante Chinni on election results, analyzed by community type.

A new report says that almost half of Americans under the age of 30 voted in this week's election. In Wisconsin, most of them voted for President Obama.

The Government Accountability Board estimates statewide voter turnout for this election to be around 70%.  County clerks are reporting even greater numbers in some parts of the state, with some counties having totals nearing 90%.

WPR: At Issue with Ben Merens

Ben Merens talks with political scientist Peverill Squire about last night's historical presidential election.

Wisconsin was one of many battleground states that ultimately sent its electoral votes to President Barack Obama last night.  And Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin helped Democrats maintain their edge in the U-S Senate, in the process becoming Wisconsin's first woman Senator and the first openly gay Senator in U-S history. 

WPR: The Joy Cardin Show

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh), Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, attorney Christine Bremer-Muggli, columnist Christian Schneider, long-time columnist Eugene Kane, and former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow react to Tuesday's election results.

Republicans have regained control of the Wisconsin State Senate, putting them back at full power in the State Capitol.

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.

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