Republicans will control both houses of Wisconsin Legislature
Republicans took control of both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature in this week's election -- and in a big way.
Republicans needed to flip two seats to win the state Senate -- they flipped four. They needed to flip three seats to win the Assembly -- they flipped 16.
The list of Democrats who lost goes beyond the typical targeted lawmakers. Republican candidates defeated Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan and Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker. Decker was a 20-year veteran of the Senate and the most powerful member of the legislature.
Republicans also defeated Rep. Marlin Schneider, a 40-year veteran of the Assembly and the longest-serving member in the history of that body.
The Republican wave wiped out the Democratic gains of 2006 and 2008. Barring recounts in some close Eau Claire races, when the next Legislature is sworn in, Republicans will hold a 60-38 seat edge in the Assembly with one independent. That's almost exactly the same margin the GOP held after the 2004 election.
Republicans will hold a 19-14 seat edge in the Senate -- the same majority they had in 2004.
The big difference this year is that they will be working with a Republican governor in Scott Walker.
These are the results for Pierce and St. Croix area races:
Assembly District 28: Challenger Erik Severson (R-Star Prairie) defeated incumbent Ann Hraychuck (D-Balsam Lake). He picked up 57% of the vote, while Hraychuck had 42%.
Assembly District 29: John Murtha (R-Baldwin) won re-election over challenger Liz Jones (D-Woodville). Murtha received about 63% of the vote, while Jones had about 37%.
Assembly District 30: Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) won over Matt Borup (D-Hudson) in a landslide, about 62% percent of the vote to 38%. This is the district now served by Kitty Rhoades (R-Hudson), who did not seek re-election.
Assembly District 91: Incumbent Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) defeated Bill Ingram (R-Durand).
Assembly District 93: Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) defeated incumbent Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire).
Senate District 31: As of Thursday morning, Republican Ed Thompson had yet to concede to incumbent Kathleen Vinehout as his campaign considered whether to seek a recount. Unofficial totals show Vinehout, a Democrat, led Thompson, a Republican, by 401 votes.