In a race that was deemed “too close to call” for the entirety of the campaign, State Senator Leah Vukmir defeated Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson in the race to take on Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Candidate

Percent

Votes

Leah Vukmir (Republican) 

48.9%

217,025

Kevin Nicholson (Republican)  

43%

190,847

George Lucia (Republican)  

4.2%

18,804

Griffin Jones (Republican)  

2.1%

9,362

Charles Barman (Republican)  

1.8%

7,908

Vukmir was outspent by around 3-1 when all the final numbers come through. Illinois billionaire Dick Uihlein spent $10 million of his own money on two different groups supporting Nicholson. Vukmir, however, had the endorsement of what many believe is the most well-run state party in the nation: The Republican Party of Wisconsin. Vukmir used Walker’s machine to get out the vote in the deep red counties of Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington.

Vukmir has been trailing Baldwin by around 9-10 points in the last few Marquette polls. While that margin should shrink now that the primary is over, Baldwin remains the favorite to retain her seat.