Dems beat back a GOP attempt to secure a two-thirds majority in the Assembly, though Republicans were on path to clinch it in the Senate.

Results were still out in several top Assembly races. Still, Republicans were on path for 64 seats – two short of the partisan margin needed in the 99-member Assembly.

In the top races:

*Robin Vos, R-Rochester, the longest serving speaker in Wisconsin history, beat two write-in opponents after being called a “RINO” (Republican in name only) by Trump. The former president was angered by Vos rebuffing his repeated attempts to get the speaker to side with those seeking to decertify the 2020 election. Vos said that was impossible under state law.

*Dem Rep. Steve Doyle, of Onalaska, took 51 percent of the vote in beating Republican Ryan Huebsch by 757 votes. Huebsch is the son of former Assembly speaker and DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch.

*Dem Rep. Tip McGuire, of Kenosha, easily beat back a challenge from Republican Ed Hibsch. Dems poured money into McGuire’s race late, fearing a backlash over the violent protests in Kenosha two years ago. But McGuire won 56.5 percent of the vote, a better performance than he had two years ago.

*Dem Rep. Katrina Shankland, of Stevens Point, beat Republican Scott Soik by nearly 4,000 votes.

*Dem Lori Palmeri, the Oshkosh mayor, beat Republican Donnie Herman with 53.8 percent of the vote. Republicans hammered Palmeri over her past legal troubles but she will take the seat of former Dem Minority Leader Gordon Hintz.

Republican Angie Sapik was up on Dem Laura Gapske in northern Wisconsin’s 73rd AD. In the 74th AD next door, Republican Chanz Green was up on Dem John Adams.

Both northern Wisconsin races were top GOP targets to flip. Republicans were all but guaranteed to win the Assembly seat of Dem Sara Rodriguez, who was elected lieutenant governor yesterday, after it was redrawn with a heavy GOP tilt.

Along with picking up those seats, Republicans appeared to defend all of their holds. That includes the open 33rd AD, which Dem Rep. Don Vruwink, of Milton, was drawn into during redistricting. GOP farmer Scott Johnson was up in that race, according to unofficial returns.

In the Senate, Dem Jeff Smith, of Brunswick, declared victory over Republican Jeff Estenson in the 31st.

Meanwhile, the AP has declared former GOP Rep. Romaine Quinn the winner in the open 25th, flipping that seat from Dem control.

Republicans Rachael Cabral-Guevara in the 19th SD and Rob Hutton in the 5th were in position to hold those seats for the GOP.

Republicans needed to hold the 5th and 19th and win either the 25th or 31st to get to 22 votes, the two-thirds partisan margin in the 33-member state Senate. They are poised for a 22-11 majority in that chamber.

Note: This story was updated at Nov. 9, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.

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