Republicans regain full control of state Legislature

CREATED Nov 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 7, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Wisconsin elected a Democratic president and senator -- but Republicans control state government once again.  Will this mean a return to Capitol Chaos?

Right now, both sides are holding their breath a little.  They agree they want to get things done for you and your family, and they'd like to do it together.  How they do that, isn't quite as clear.

This year's election put a spotlight on some of the most contentious clashes in politics.

"These two political campaigns are probably the harshest political campaigns I can remember in my lifetime. I feel like it was just unnecessary," says voter Mikhail True.

In Wisconsin, it's deja vu: A Republican governor and Republicans controlling the Assembly and Senate.

"I'm pleasantly surprised that we have actually gotten to 18 seats," says Republican state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald.

The last time Democrats didn't think it was working, Capitl Chaos came calling.

"People are entitled to their opinion, I just hope people can get along better than they did back then," says voter Luke Marquardt.

Democratic Representative Sandy Pasch challenged state Senator Alberta Darling for her seat back then, and says now, it's about finding a way to make it work.

"I'm going to be reaching across and making sure that they are willing to listen to us and that we can work together," says Pasch.

"I don't think we have to look at the middle.  What we have to do is look at our common goals. If we agree that we want a balanced budget, that we want to grow jobs and the economy, then we just have to figure out how do we do that together," says Darling.

It's not likely to happen overnight, but it's a start, though nobody's making any promises just yet.

"We'll see. I mean to be honest with you, it's really on the governor what he's going to do," argues Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson.

Republicans are meeting Thursday to choose their new Senate leadership.