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EDlection2018: Wisconsin Re-elects Tammy Baldwin, Democratic Member of HELP Committee, to Senate

By Carolyn Phenicie | November 6, 2018

Tammy Baldwin (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

EDlection2018: This is one of several dozen races we’ve analyzed for the 2018 midterms that could go on to influence state or federal education policy. Get the latest headlines delivered straight to your inbox; sign up for The 74 Newsletter.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee who seemed most in danger of losing her seat, will be re-elected, according to ABC News.

Baldwin beat Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir. The seat was one of several held by a Democrat in a state President Donald Trump won in 2016 that could determine which party will control the Senate next year. As of 10 p.m. eastern, Baldwin had 54 percent of the vote with 38 percent of votes tallied, according to ABC.

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While the race had several school related themes — Baldwin, a HELP Committee veteran, focused on higher ed, career and technical education and the opioid crisis, while Vukmir cited concerns with her daughter’s school as the impetus for her entry into politics — the race focused more on health care. In debates, the two had also clashed over immigration, abortion and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

All other members of the HELP Committee up for re-election this year also won, including Democrats Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, according to news outlets. Results for Tina Smith of Minnesota were still outstanding as of publication. Republican HELP Committee member Orrin Hatch is retiring.

EDlection2018: This is one of several dozen races we’ve analyzed for the 2018 midterms that could go on to influence state or federal education policy. Get the latest headlines delivered straight to your inbox; sign up for The 74 Newsletter.

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