For the first time in about 40 years, a Democrat won re-election in the Eighth Congressional District. Congressman Steve Kagen defeated Republican challenger John Gard, two years after edging Gard in their first election face-off. Tuesday's election results mean Democrats will soon control both the US and State Capitols. Kagen calls the victories a message.
"The mandate for change has rung out tonight not just in northeastern Wisconsin, its rung out in the White House, in the State House and through the courthouse," says the physician turned US House member.
Gard says even though things didn't go their way, Republicans should stick to their beliefs and "not act like democrats". The former Assembly Speaker says when people see higher taxes and more government, there will be an opportunity for people to speak up with a different approach.
Kagen got 54% percent of the vote compared to 46% for Gard. Two years ago Kagen squeezed by Gard 51-to-49%.
Contributed by Mike Kemmeter-WHBY