Election 2022

Susan J. Demas graphic of Tudor Dixon using Andrew Roth photo

Republicans served up ‘red wave’ Kool-Aid. Pundits drank it up.

BY: - November 18, 2022

The election was four weeks out. Every sign pointed to Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon careening toward an epic loss. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was, by all indications, running a smart campaign that connected with voters on kitchen-table issues, which does, as she often pointed out, include abortion rights. Her authentic bond with her running mate, […]

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Republicans win control of the U.S. House with 218th seat

BY: - November 17, 2022

Republicans clinched a majority in the U.S. House on Wednesday night after a Republican won reelection to a California seat that put the GOP over the top, according to Associated Press projections. Though not as decisive a victory as GOP leaders had hoped, Republican candidates flipped key seats in New York, Virginia, Oregon and Arizona […]

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

BY: - November 13, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month.  After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

UW-Madison students registering to vote | Photo by Baylor Spears

Young Black and Latino voters seen as key in turning back midterm ‘red wave’

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Young Black and Latino voters were critical in holding off the Republican “red wave” in several battleground states for U.S. Senate seats and in tight U.S. House races in the midterm elections, according to analyses by researchers and grassroot organizations.  Young, diverse voters between the ages of 18 and 29 had the second-highest […]

Voters give thumbs down to private election administration funding

BY: - November 11, 2022

Voters in four Wisconsin counties voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of banning private funds to help election administration. The ballot measures were all advisory, but the sentiment was the same: to reject the sort of aid that helped communities across the state manage the November 2020 election in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. More […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at the Michigan Democratic Party's Election Day watch party in Detroit on Nov. 8, 2022. (Andrew Roth/Michigan Advance)

Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The United States’ ceiling for female governors was shattered this week, with voters in 12 states electing women to the role, breaking the prior record of nine set for the first time back in 2004.  While not all of the gubernatorial campaigns have been called as of Thursday afternoon, Arizona and Oregon voters […]

President Joe Biden

Biden says midterm elections turned out to be ‘a good day’ for democracy

BY: - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that even though midterm election results have yet to determine which party will control Congress, Democrats had a strong night defending their majority in both chambers. Control of both the U.S. Senate and House remained unclear Wednesday as more than 50 House seats have not been called and […]

Supporters greet the Rev. Raphael Warnock as his bus pulls into Cobb County election headquarters in Marietta on Dec. 17.

Georgia fight for U.S. Senate seat will go to a December runoff

BY: and - November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate once again might hinge on Georgia, as voters in the Peach State will head back to the polls next month in a runoff election.  Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and former professional football player and GOP nominee Herschel Walker are in a dead heat in Georgia, sending that […]

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Recreational marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

BY: - November 10, 2022

Advocates for marijuana liberalization saw mixed results as legalization ballot measures were counted Tuesday, with Maryland and Missouri voters approving recreational use for adults but Arkansas, South Dakota and North Dakota rejecting the proposal. Maryland and Missouri will bring the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal to 21. Maryland’s referendum passed easily, […]

Gov. Tony Evers taking photos with UW-Madison students on State Street on Election Day, Nov. 8 2022 | Photo by Baylor Spears

Five top takeaways from the midterms in Wisconsin

BY: - November 10, 2022

This week’s midterm elections were most notable for what didn’t happen. There was no “shellacking” of Democrats. The much-talked-about red wave failed to materialize. Armed vigilantes did not descend in force on polling places to harass and intimidate voters. Neither, for the most part, did a flood of baseless accusations of fraud derail Democratic victories, […]

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Voters across state overwhelmingly approve non-binding marijuana, abortion referenda

BY: - November 10, 2022

About half a dozen communities across Wisconsin overwhelmingly approved non-binding referenda on legalizing recreational cannabis and repealing the state’s 1849 abortion ban on Tuesday.  There were seven cannabis-related referenda on ballots across the state Tuesday, all of them passed by massive margins. While they were on the ballots of largely Democratic cities, the measures passed […]

Mandela Barnes speaks to supporters in Milwaukee as he concedes the race for U.S. Senate. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Mandela Barnes concedes to Ron Johnson after losing by 1 percentage point

BY: - November 9, 2022

Over a year ago Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes announced his campaign for U.S. senator at the Sherman Phoenix Marketplace, a hub of Black small businesses in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. It was here Barnes chose to end his campaign Wednesday afternoon, conceding to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Barnes was joined by a crowd of […]