Pocan inherits Baldwin's seat

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The next representative in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District is State Rep. Mark Pocan.

Pocan of Madison, goes from a veteran in the state legislature to a freshman in D.C. after he defeated Republican nominee Chad Lee Tuesday night.

In Rock County Pocan won 22,381 votes, or 61 percent, and Lee won 13,635 votes, or 37 percent. In Green County Pocan took 10,234 votes, winning 56 percent of the ballots cast, and Lee won 7,997 votes, or 43 percent. Pocan also won Dane County with 61 percent of the vote, and winning 42,388 votes. Lee took in 26,522 votes, or 38 percent. Pocan also won Sauk and Layfayette counties.

Pocan thanked his campaign workers during his acceptance speech.

“This is a tremendous honor and responsibility that I will not take lightly,” he said late Tuesday night. “I know the rich character of this seat in Congress. This is the district of Fighting Bob La Follette. This is the seat of Bob Kastenmeier. This is the seat of Tammy Baldwin.”

He said Congress has a lot to do including continuing to rebuild the economy and create more jobs.

“We must bring jobs back to the United States and Wisconsin, and we have to stop giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas,” Pocan said. “And let’s work for tax fairness for the middle class and those struggling, not millionaires and billionaires.”

Pocan served for 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly, serving three years on the budget committee.

Chad Lee said he believed his campaign ran a good race.

“We were out spent 12 to 1, and ultimately voters decided,” he said.

Lee said he wants to see newly elected officials work on getting a balanced budget passed through Congress — something that hasn’t been done during the Obama presidency.

“That’s the first responsibility of Congress,” he said.

He wouldn’t have changed anything about the race, and added it took a lot of groundwork to get his campaign going.

“We worked as hard as we possibly could, shook as many hands as we could and put as many miles in as possible,” he said.

He did not rule out running for office again, but also did not commit to another campaign.

“Tomorrow morning I have to get back to business and creating jobs here in Wisconsin,” he said. “I’m a businessman first.”

Lee has started two small businesses in Wisconsin, and has run for office twice in the last two years.

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