OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson celebrated his re-election Tuesday night with hundreds of supporters at the Oshkosh Convention Center.
“I approach the next six years with a seriousness of purpose. We’ve got a shot. We’ve got a chance. We’ve got to put America on the right path, and the way we’re going to do it, the way we’re going to do it, is we’re going to be concentrating on the areas of agreement.”
In a race, that wasn’t as close as predicted, Johnson defeated Democratic challenger Russ Feingold for the second time in six years.
The victory means Johnson retains a Senate seat that was once thought to be vulnerable and critical for Republicans in their quest to retain control in Washington.
Jonson says he never quit fighting for votes.
“The desire for real change. I was feeling pretty good coming in here. I’m pretty surprised by this result — I thought this might be kind of a late night — so I’m very pleased with the result and the confidence Wisconsinites have placed in me, and I take that very seriously.”
Sen. Johnson says his second term will be his final one, and that tackling the national debt will be his top priority.
Feingold addressed supporters in Middleton after his defeat. He said Americans need to find a way to unify.
“We as Americans have to do the best we can to heal the pain in this country and get people to come together,” Feingold told supporters. “I would urge you to be as restrained as you can be as the next steps occur. I don’t know exactly what they’re going to be, but this could be one of the most challenging times in the history of our country.”