Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin Democrat has rewritten history by becoming the first openly gay US Senator, defeating Tommy Thompson in the most expensive Senate race. The 50-year-old Baldwin is also the first woman senator from Wisconsin to be victorious.
The Senate race was the most expensive with the two raising at least $65 million. The outcome is another blow to Republicans, who needed to make a net gain of four seats to take a majority in the US Senate.
Baldwin steps into the shoes of retiring Democrat Herb Kohl, who is finishing his fourth term in the Senate. Although historically significant, Baldwin's sexual orientation never became a major topic on the campaign trail.