Baldwin outlasts Thompson, wins open Wisconsin Senate seat
By: Dan Merica, CNN
Washington (CNN) - After seven terms in the House, Democrat Tammy Baldwin has defeated Former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the race for Wisconsin's open Senate seat, according to CNN's projections.
Though polling had the election close through most of the race, Baldwin defeated Thompson 51% to 46% with 78% reporting.
Baldwin, along with outside groups, spent a lot of their advertising painting Thompson as someone who left politics to cash in on lobbying. Both Democrats and Republicans officials acknowledge that the attacks drove Thompson's negatives up - and led to a testy campaign tone.