Notable results I collected from yesterday’s Wisconsin primary. Please add anything I’ve missed in a comment. All vote tallies are listed here.
Mark Pocan won with 72 % of the vote to replace Tammy Baldwin. He will very likely become my U.S. Representative in the 2nd Congressional district since this district leans left.
Kelda Helen Roys ran a campaign that was considered unusually dirty given the long odds of winning the seat. Her name got exposure but probably at some cost to her reputation.
Tommy Thompson won the GOP US senate primary with 34%. Hovde got 30, Neumann 22, and Jeff Fitzgerald got 12. After 16 years as Wisconsin’s former governor, Tommy has great name recognition but also a nice trail of cronyism to follow [get thyself to the microfilm bloggers forthwith!] Tommy also has more recent sins to explain like the fact that he’s cozied up to the most embarrassing and violent of the right-wing celebs during his primary campaign. Ted Nugent made robocalls for Thompson this weekend and Thompson appeared with Joe Wurzelbacher AKA “Joe the Plumber” [as seen below] in Racine on Monday. Local outlets like Shorewood Patch neglected to note Wurzelbacher is not a licensed plumber and apparently they did not even google his name. If they did, they would’ve learned that on the Friday previous he said at an Arizona event: “You know, for years, I’ve said, you know, ‘Put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting’”
Joanne E. Staudacher of the Oshkosh-area did not win the primary for the 53rd district. Unfortunately her baby came 6 weeks premature and somewhat disrupted her campaign. You may remember her as the avid volunteer who roller-skated door to door to help recall and defeat Randy Hopper and elect state senator Jessica King in his stead.
Sadly, avid facebook activist Roberta Retrum of Eagle River did not win in a primary against Merlin van Buren (62 to 37). Roberta became famous in her community for keeping hours 7 days a week collecting recall signatures against Scott Walker.
GOP candidate David Vanderleest of Green Bay edged out Joel Diny in a primary for the state assembly despite the fact that Vanderleest’s name was thoroughly smeared in 2011 when his ex did an interview on his abuse of her. Vanderleest was making a feeble attempt to recall Dem. Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay at the time. During that campaign, Vanderleest gave a comment to Joy Cardin of WPR that will live on in Wisconsin history: “I read a social services report yesterday that says I smoke crack…None of it’s true. I don’t smoke rocks, and that’s the truth.”
Daniel Riemer ousted Milwaukee Rep. Peggy Krusick. Krusick angered her side of the aisle on more than one occasion but the action that I recall getting bent out of shape over involved offering an amendment to remove race as a factor for a college scholarship program for the disadvantaged called the Talent Incentive Program. Following that action, I asked a Milwaukee labor leader what was wrong with Krusick and he replied that he didn’t know but that at that point she was politically “dead to us”.
Daniel Riemer is only 25 years old. He’ll represent the 7th Assembly district which encompasses areas of Greenfield, West Allis, West Milwaukee and Milwaukee – that is unless Milwaukee Republican Tiffany Koehler got enough write-in votes last night, in which case, Riemer and Koehler will face off in November.
Read more at Daniel Riemer Ousts Longtime Rep. Peggy Krusick
AFC-backed Dems Lost in Milwaukee
This update came from Senator Chris Larson via facebook last night:
“-Mandela Barnes beat incumbent Jason Fields for Assembly seat 11
-Evan Goyke won in an 8 person field for open Assembly seat 18
-Danny Riemer beat incumbent Peggy Krusick for Assembly seat 7
-Sandy Pasch beat back a nasty race baiting campaign to win Assembly seat 10
Your next state senator for the 6th district is NIKIYA HARRIS!”
Also: Jocasta Zamarripa won against Manriquez, 66% to 33%.
Notoriously arrogant member of the Tea Party and Wisconsin Treasurer Kurt Schuller “finished a distant third Tuesday in his bid for the Republican nominatin for an Assembly seat” according to Wispolitics.
Michael Schraa won with 4,403 votes. Frank Frassetto got 1,962 votes.
“Schuller, who does not live in the district, finished with 850 votes, according to unofficial returns.”
Schuller is famous amongst Wisconsin tweeters [or maybe just THIS tweeter?] for tweeting misinformation during the recall elections. Recently he was tweeting to support “second amendment rights” shortly after the Aurora mass shooting in Colorado. He also caught the public’s eye when he visited Hurley, WI to testify in favor of a huge open pit mine in the Penokees. He was found talking to TV cameras while people held “Recall Walker” signs behind him immediately following that event.
Schuller has formally requested that his Treasurer job be eliminated. I hope Walker comes through on that one.
The Dem. Dane County Treasurer spot went to Adam Gallagher and the Dane County Dem. Clerk position was won by Scott McDonell. Madison.com has more on those races.