2016 Wisconsin elections
|Elections in Wisconsin|
The Wisconsin general elections, 2016 were held in the U.S. state of Wisconsin on November 8, 2016. One of Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seats and all eight seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election, as well as half of the Wisconsin Senate seats and all of the Wisconsin Assembly seats. Primary elections were held on August 9, 2016.
The Wisconsin Republican Party made large gains in the 2016 election. Businessman and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won Wisconsin in an upset, becoming the first Republican to win the state since 1984. Additionally, the state GOP had a strong showing in the State Legislature, building their largest majorities since 1957, and Republican Senator Ron Johnson defeated Russ Feingold a second time for a second term. This put Walker and the Wisconsin GOP in a strong position.
In a rematch of the 2010 election, first term incumbent Republican Ron Johnson ran against former Democratic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Johnson defeated Feingold in the general election in 50.2% of the vote.
House of Representatives
All of Wisconsin's eight United States House of Representatives seats were up for election in 2016. Party composition remained unchanged after the general election.
The 16 even-numbered districts out of 33 seats in the Wisconsin Senate were up for election in 2016. Nine of these seats were held by Republicans and seven were held by Democrats. Prior to the election, Republicans controlled the chamber with a 19 to 14 majority, but they gained a seat in the election.
|Senatorial district||Incumbent||This race||Results|
|2||Robert Cowles||Republican||1987||Running||Robert Cowles (Republican)
John Powers (Democratic)
|4||Lena Taylor||Democrat||2005||Running||Lena Taylor (Democrat)||Lena Taylor|
|6||Nikiya Harris||Democrat||2013||Not Running||LaTonya Johnson (Democrat)||LaTonya Johnson|
|8||Alberta Darling||Republican||1993||Running||Alberta Darling (Republican)||Alberta Darling|
|10||Sheila Harsdorf||Republican||2001||Running||Sheila Harsdorf (Republican)
Diane Odeen (Democrat)
|12||Tom Tiffany||Republican||2013||Running||Tom Tiffany (Republican)
Bryan Van Stippen (Democrat)
|14||Luther Olsen||Republican||2004||Running||Luther Olsen (Republican)
Brian Smith (Democrat)
|16||Mark F. Miller||Democrat||2005||Running||Mark Miller (Democrat)||Mark Miller|
|18||Rick Gudex||Republican||2013||Not Running||Dan Feyen (Republican)
Mark Harris (Democrat)
|20||Duey Stroebel||Republican||2015||Running||Duey Stroebel (Republican)||Duey Stroebel|
|22||Robert Wirch||Democrat||1997||Running||Robert Wirch (Democrat)||Robert Wirch|
|24||Julie Lassa||Democrat||2003||Running||Patrick Testin (Republican)
Julie Lassa (Democrat)
|26||Fred Risser||Democrat||1962||Running||Fred Risser (Democrat)||Fred Risser|
|28||Mary Lazich||Republican||1998||Not Running||Dave Craig (Republican)||Dave Craig|
|30||Dave Hansen||Democrat||2001||Running||Dave Hansen (Democratic)
Eric Wimberger (Republican)
|32||Jennifer Shilling||Democrat||2011||Running||Jennifer Shilling (Democrat)
Dan Kapanke (Republican)
Chip DeNure (Independent)
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Before 2016 elections||63||36||99||0|
|Latest voting share||64%||36%|
|After 2016 elections||64||35||99||0|
|Latest voting share||65%||35%|
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- "2016 General Election" (PDF). State of Wisconsin. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
- "Candidate List for the August 9, 2016 Primary Election" (PDF). Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
- "County by County Report - State Senate" (PDF). Wisconsin Elections Commission. November 29, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.