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Wisconsin’s Republican trifecta is no more! For years, the Wisconsin GOP has used its unchecked power—which it gained through voter suppression and gerrymandering—to attack labor unions, public education, health care, and abortion rights. The state remains a critical Democratic target for 2020, but now it at least has a Democratic governor-elect to rein in those destructive GOP policies.

The Landscape

Both chambers of the Wisconsin state legislature remain under Republican control. Democrats flipped one seat in the state Assembly and lost one seat in the state Senate in the 2018 midterms.

WI State Assembly

Made progress in 2018 99 seats up for election in 2020

Majority 36 D 63 R
36 Democratic seats - 1 flipped in 2018 63 Republican seats - 0 flipped in 2018
WI State Senate

No change in 2018 16 seats up for election in 2020

Majority 14 D 19 R
14 Democratic seats - 0 flipped in 2018 19 Republican seats - 0 flipped in 2018
WI Governor-Elect - Tony Evers (D)

Democrat and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers defeated incumbent Republican Scott Walker to become the governor of Wisconsin.

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The Stakes


Drop in median teacher compensation

In 2011, Wisconsin's legislature passed Act 10, a bill that virtually eliminated collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. In the four years following, median teacher salary and benefits dropped by $10,843 and resulted in a 20% spike in experienced teachers leaving the profession.


Counties with clinics providing abortion services

In addition to having to travel to one of the state's few abortion-providing facilities, women have to receive in-person counseling designed to discourage abortions and then wait 24 hours before they can get an abortion.


NRA contributions

In the last 20 years, the NRA has spent more than $4.5 million in Wisconsin on outside electioneering activities to advance pro-gun policies via conservative candidates.

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