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Tammy Baldwin Makes History
MADISON---Democrat Tammy Baldwin gave the following speech to supporters late Tuesday night after defeating Tommy Thompson in the Senate race:
"Tonight we have won a huge battle for Wisconisn's middle class that we began 14 months ago.
Everywhere that I've gone in our beautiful state, people have said they wanted a senator who would listen to the middle class when they needed help, a senator who will stand on the side of the middle class.
They wanted a senator who will wake up every morning and fight for the middle class.
They told me they want an economy where everybody plays by the same rules and everybody does their fair share.
The people's voice was heard tonight, Wisconsin.
And come January, your voice will be heard in the United States Senate.
I am humbled and grateful and I'm ready to get to work.
I'm ready to stand with President Barack Obama and ready to fight for Wisconsin's middle class.
Now, I am well aware that I will have the honor to be Wisconsin's first woman U.S. Senator.
And I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the U.S.Senate.
I didn't run to make history, I ran to make a difference.
I will be a senator for all of Wisconsin.
I want to thank Tommy Thompson for his years in public service. I talked with him on the phone and he wished me well."