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Verdict Awaits: Election still up in the air

Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 4, 2020

By M.D. Kittle and Fox News 

MADISON — President Trump declared victory in multiple key battleground states early Wednesday, even though it remained unclear who had the votes to win, as the president hinted the White House would push the Supreme Court to rule over disputed ballots, warning that a “very sad group of people” was trying to “disenfranchise” voters. 

The president, speaking from the East Room of the White House, alongside first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence, thanked his supporters and touted “record” turnout.

“I want to thank the American people for their tremendous support. Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight and a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people and we will not stand for it,” Trump said. “We won’t stand for it.”

The president was able to declare victory late Tuesday in battleground states of Florida, Ohio, and Iowa, and was able to clinch a big electoral win in traditionally red Texas, among other states, Fox News projected.

But, a number of key battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina, were too close to call.

In Wisconsin, Trump’s lead over Biden was approximately 109,000 votes as of this post, but the city of Milwaukee was sitting on some 100,000 votes — absentee ballots — that had not been fully counted and added to the totals long after Election Day wrapped up. 

Trump won Wisconsin by a slim 23,000 votes in 2016, turning the blue state red for the first time since 1984. 

While several state Assembly and Senate races had yet to be called, most of the congressional vote was in by early Wednesday morning. 

As of publication, the 3rd Congressional District had yet to be called. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) led challenger Derrick Van Orden (R-Hager City) 51% to 49%, or by north of 11,00 votes. 

U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil (R-Janesville) handily defeated his challenger Roger Polack (D-Racine) — 62% to 38% — to earn a second term representing the 1st Congressional District — the seat previously held by former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), majority leader of the state Senate, easily beat Tom Palzewicz (D-Brookfield) —  63% to 37% — to capture the seat held by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner for more than 40 years. The Menomonee Falls Republican earlier announced this current term would be his last. 

U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) repeated his special election win over opponent Tricia Zunker in May, this time beating the Wausau Democrat  — 61% to 39% — for his first full term representing the 7th Congressional District. Tiffany keeps the district, previously represented for four terms by Sean Duffy, in Republican control. 

Other congressional victors include: 

2nd District 

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison), with 70% of the vote. 

4th District 

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) —  65%

6th District 

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) — 60%

8th District 

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Appleton)  — 65%

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