The Republican nominee suffered defeat Monday in her attempt to unseat Democratic incumbent Doug La Follette for the post of Secretary of State in Wisconsin.
With over 2.6 million votes cast, the final results of the Nov. 8 midterm election show that La Follette defeated Loudenbeck by 0.3 percentage points, or 7,660 votes. Loudenbeck conceded on Monday morning after the end of the district elections.
“Obviously the election didn’t go as we had hoped,” Loudenbeck said specified in a Twitter post. “The sense of disappointment is real, but so is the gratitude I have for the thousands of Wisconsini natives who have supported me in this campaign as secretary of state.”
Loudenbeck went on to say that she has no regrets about the way her campaign was run and thanked her family, team and supporters.
La Follette served as Secretary of State from 1975 to 1979, after being elected to the Wisconsin Senate from 1972 to 1974. In 1978, La Follette resigned his position to launch a failed candidacy for lieutenant governor. He was then re-elected Foreign Secretary in 1982 and has since served 10 consecutive terms.
Although La Follette declared victory last Thursday, Loudenbeck wasn’t backing down at the time as the competition was too close to call it.
Since La Follette took office, most of the Secretary of State’s duties have been eliminated. After the 2020 election, some Republicans attempted to convert the office to an election oversight position.
Loudenbeck worked to shift oversight of Wisconsin elections from the bipartisan state election commission to the secretary of state. This model would be similar to that used by 38 other states. La Follette countered by asking if Loudenbeck would try to use that position to ensure Donald Trump wins Wisconsin in 2024.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Loudenbeck repeatedly refused to explain how much control she would like to have over elections or how she thinks elections should be conducted.
“The legislature should be exploring a wide range of policy options to use this constitutional office, which is directly accountable to voters,” Loudenbeck said, “and look at what other states are doing and talk about restoring some traditional responsibilities, including election oversight.” , if appropriate, to the office.”
Following his victory over Loudenbeck, La Follette extended his tenure as Wisconsin’s longest-serving secretary of state. La Follette is a distant relative of “Fighting” Bob La Follette, a progressive who was 20 in Wisconsinth Governor, served in the US House and Senate and ran for President in 1924.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.