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History to be made whoever wins Senate race


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- No matter who wins Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race, they will be making history.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin would be the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin if she wins. She would also be the nation's first openly gay politician to serve in the Senate.

If Republican Tommy Thompson wins, Wisconsin would have two Republican U.S. senators for the first time since the 1950s. Senator Herb Kohl's seat hasn't been held by a Republican since Joe McCarthy in 1957.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says, at age 70, Thompson would be the oldest person every elected by Wisconsin voters to a first term in the Senate. Thompson would also be the state's first former governor to be elected senator.

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