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Johnson Beats Feingold, Wisconsin Goes Red

In the Wisconsin Senate race, the hawk beat the dove.

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For much of this election season, former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, like Hillary Clinton, was expected to win in Wisconsin.

But Feingold just lost to incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Trump took Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes.

Foreign issues, as Foreign Policy reported, played a starring role in the Wisconsin Senate race, which threw Johnson’s hawkishness and Feingold’s dovish tendencies into sharp contrast. Feingold was the only senator to vote against the 2001 Patriot Act.

While in the Senate, Feingold was on the Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees. Johnson currently chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees and sits on Foreign Relations, Budget, and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees.

He is the latest of many a Republican contender in a tight race to win as the GOP blocks Democratic dreams of retaking the Senate.

Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Emily Tamkin is a staff writer at Foreign Policy covering ambassadorial and diplomatic affairs in Washington. @emilyctamkin

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