Despite the Republicans having a dismal night in the presidential race, they held a strong lead for the state assembly by 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
However, Bob Wirch (D-Kenosha) garnered more votes than Republican Pam Stevens in the race for the redistricted 22nd State Senate seat.
Wirch said he was able to harness a lead because of his track record.
“I have a reputation of being an independent Democrat fighting for the underdog and it doesn’t hurt you when you get a better Democrat district.” –when asked why he had success in this election
Incumbent Robin Vos (R-Rochester) looked like he would maintain his 63rd State Assembly seat against political newcomer Kelly Albrecht (D-Burlington) and Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) also held a strong lead against Melissa Lemke, a Democrat out of Racine.
Vos said he was reassured by the numbers that had come in, but he would be staying up to see what the final numbers were.
"Still, I'm gratified by what we've been able to accomplish in Wisconsin and I know that the state is headed in the right direction," Vos said.
Weatherston said he was grateful for the vote of confidence from his supporters and that he would work to develop a state-wide program that would help bring more awareness of the skilled trades to high school students, work on improving motorcycle safety courses and help bring jobs back to the state.
"But my win isn't so much of a victory for me, but rather it's for you," Weatherston told his supporters.
By 11:48 p.m. here's where the Legislative races stood and what the frontrunners had to say:
22nd State Senate RaceBob Wirch 32,407 Pam Stevens 15,074
With 76 percent of polling places reporting
62nd State Assembly RaceTom Weatherston 13,183 Melissa Lemke 8,956
53 percent of polling places reporting
63rd State Assembly RaceRobin Vos 14,087 Kelly Albrecht 8,949
78 percent of polling places reporting