MILWAUKEE (AP) - Democrat Tammy Baldwin won strong support from women and younger voters in her U.S. Senate victory over former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
Exit polling conducted for The Associated Press shows 56% of female voters were behind Baldwin, as were 57% of voters under age 30. She and Thompson split the 30 & older vote.
The former governor drew more support from whites, with 51%, and those with family incomes over $100,000, at 60%, as well as Christian and born-again voters. Baldwin will be the first openly gay U.S. senator and still managed to gain the support of 27% of white born-again voters, who traditionally are conservative on social issues.
The election was the most expensive for a Senate race in Wisconsin history, costing more than $65 million.
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