MADISON, Wis. - Former Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke has easily defeated state Rep. Brett Hulsey in the Democratic primary for governor.
Unofficial results from Tuesday's primary show Burke got 85 percent of the votes, with Hulsey got 15 percent.
With Tuesday's win, Burke advances to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.
Hulsey was never a serious threat to Burke, raising next-to-no money for the race, hiring no staff and largely being shunned by Democratic Party leaders.
Democrats had hoped that Burke's entry into the race in October would clear the field, but Hulsey surprised them by announcing his candidacy in April instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.
Burke had all but ignored Hulsey throughout the campaign, including refusing to debate.
Burke told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Rhinelander where she is campaigning that her game plan remains the same. She said she's making sure the people get to know her and what her plans will be as governor.
Burke said she will focus on communicating the specifics of her plans to improve the state's economy and put people back to work.
"Tonight we are one step closer to the new direction our state needs. Under Gov. Walker we rank dead last, tenth out of ten states in the Midwest, in private sector job growth," Burke said in a statement released Tuesday night. "Wisconsin must do better than that, and with my jobs plan, Invest for Success, which is based on my experience in the private sector, we will. My commitment to the people of our great state is simple - I will be a governor who works for you and puts common sense problem solving ahead of the politics that have divided our state. I am truly honored by the trust placed in me by Wisconsin voters and look forward to continuing to earn the support of Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike over the next 84 days."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, says that Walker has been a "transformative leader for Wisconsin and the state is better for it."
Christie is expected to campaign in Wisconsin soon.
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