U.S. Rep. Ron Kind survived a scare, winning re-election by taking 50 percent of Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District precincts.

Many of his Democratic counterparts elsewhere in the country facing tough races didn't fare as well; the U.S. House is now in Republican hands.

Kind's challenger, Dan Kapanke, earned 47 percent of the vote with most precincts reporting.

"I want to thank the people of western Wisconsin for their confidence in me to continue to represent them in Washington. It is a great honor to be entrusted with such an important responsibility," Kind said in a prepared statement shortly after midnight today.

The La Crosse, Wis., resident will begin his eighth term in January.

"This is a critical time in our nation's history. And the choice made today, the choice to move this country forward, is the right one. I will do everything in my power to create good paying jobs and get western Wisconsin working. I know we can do it. America has an amazing ability to reinvest itself. With the knowledge and skills we have right here in western Wisconsin, I know we can get our economy moving again."