MADISON, Wis. -

A longtime central Wisconsin coroner has won a primary write-in campaign to keep his job.

Republican Roland Handel has served as Waushara County coroner for 27 years. He said he planned to run for re-election this year but couldn't circulate nomination papers because he was in the hospital for a knee replacement.

He mounted a write-in campaign during the week leading up to the primary in hopes of garnering enough votes to get on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election. He needed 5 percent of the votes for the GOP gubernatorial candidate in the last election, which translated to 249 votes. He got 959, winning a spot on the ballot and besting Republican Sue Jenks, who got 32 write-in votes.

Handel faces no opposition in November.