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AP Interview: Baldwin says economy drove her win

CREATED Nov 7, 2012

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MADISON- Tammy Baldwin says her victory in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race was driven by voters' concerns about the economy, and she intends to work on pursuing an agenda to strengthen manufacturing both in Wisconsin and nationwide during her first year in office.

Baldwin defeated Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson in Tuesday's election by more than 5 points based on unofficial results. She spoke about the race Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Baldwin says voters also sent a message that they are tired of gridlock in Washington with her victory and by re-electing President Barack Obama.

Baldwin is a liberal Democrat who will now serve with tea party Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Baldwin says she plans to speak with Johnson Wednesday afternoon.