Wisconsinites gathered on Nov. 7 to celebrate or protest — depending on their politics — former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Wisconsin Watch photographers captured scenes in Madison and Milwaukee in the hours after media organizations called the race.
On one side of the state Capitol in Madison, Trump supporters gathered for a previously scheduled rally dubbed “Stop the Steal,” with many echoing the Trump’s false claims that voter fraud tilted the election in favor of Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. Meanwhile, a loud and spontaneous pro-Biden dance party unfolded on the other side of the Capitol.
Tempers occasionally flared as horns honked, music blared and speeches echoed around the Capitol, but the dueling demonstrations largely remained peaceful.
Eighty miles west of Madison, Milwaukee residents celebrated Biden’s victory in Zeidler Union Square, the city’s oldest public park.
Voters in Milwaukee and Madison overwhelmingly backed Biden in the race, helping him to win Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes by just 20,539 votes, according to uncertified results.
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Coburn Dukehart joined the Center in 2015 as Digital and Multimedia Director. She is head of product, directs the Center’s visual and digital strategy; creates visual and audio content; manages digital assets and trains student and professional journalists.
Dukehart previously was a senior photo editor at National Geographic, the picture and multimedia editor at NPR, a photo editor at USATODAY.com and washingtonpost.com, interned in the White House photo department, and worked for a London-based publishing group. She has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International and the White House News Photographers Association. Her multimedia and photography work has been honored with a Webby, a Gracie, a Murrow, a duPont, and Milwaukee Press Club awards, and she was nominated for a national Emmy. Dukehart received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.