Wisconsin Republicans Win Governor’s Race and U.S. Senate Race

By Dinesh Ramde and Scott Bauer | November 3, 2010 | 10:19 AM EDT

(AP) - A businessman who sought support from the tea party has toppled one of the Senate's most prominent liberals.

Republican Ron Johnson defeated three-term Democrat Russ Feingold on Tuesday, becoming the state's first Republican U.S. senator in 18 years.

Johnson ran a plastics company for 31 years. On the campaign trail, he touted his accounting and business experience, saying he knew how to create jobs and balance budgets.

He rose to prominence after giving two well-received tea party speeches. He has said his top priority is to repeal health care.

Feingold tried to appeal to voters with his reputation as a maverick. But he failed to gain traction, in part because voters believed President Barack Obama had not delivered on his message of change.

Conservative takes governor’s office

Conservative Republican Scott Walker rode his tax cut promises to victory over Democrat Tom Barrett in Wisconsin's governor's race.

The seat was open after two-term Democratic incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle decided not to seek a third term.

Walker won on Tuesday despite a strong push by the White House to keep the office in Democratic control. President Barack Obama campaigned and raised money for Barrett.

Walker becomes the first Republican governor in Wisconsin since Scott McCallum in 2002.

The 43-year-old Walker says his tax cut plans will generate economic growth and lead to the creation of 250,000 new jobs.

Barrett gained national exposure after he was beaten outside the state fair last year. He will remain the mayor of Milwaukee.


Des Moines, Iowa (AP) - Iowa voters have voted to remove three state Supreme Court justices, siding with conservatives angered by a ruling that allowed gay marriage.

The vote Tuesday was the first time Iowa voters have removed a Supreme Court justice since the current system began in 1962.

The three who weren't retained were Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and justices David Baker and Michael Streit. They were the only justices up for retention this year.

They were on the court of seven justices who unanimously decided last year that an Iowa law restricting marriage to one man and one woman violated the state's constitution.

Gay marriage opponents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the campaign. A group of former governors, lawyers and judges said the justices' removal would threaten Iowa's independent judiciary.