State-by-state lookahead: What's at stake in 2008

In 2006, Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen edged out Republican John Gard, former speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, to win his seat. Kagen is expected to face Gard again. After losing four state Senate seats and majority status in the upper chamber in 2006, Republicans will look to retake control, with 16 of 33 state Senate seats up for election. Sen. John Kerry won Wisconsin's electoral votes in 2004, edging out President Bush by less than half a percentage point. The state could be competitive in the 2008 presidential race.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's 10 electoral votes with 50% of the vote.


The June death of Republican Sen. Craig Thomas from leukemia forced a special election that will result in races for all three seats in the state's congressional delegation. Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican who was chosen to replace Thomas, will participate in the special election but has no declared opponent yet. Republican Sen. Mike Enzi won his last re-election bid with 73% of the vote and also has yet to draw a Democratic challenger. Republican Rep. Barbara Cubin won her seventh term by just more than 1,000 votes in 2006. Her Democratic opponent in that election, Gary Trauner, has said he will oppose Cubin again.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's three electoral votes with 70% of the vote.

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