Polls close in recall primary
Wisconsin voters headed to the polls Tuesday and decided several matchups for next month’s recall election.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has won the Democratic primary and will face Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a June 5 recall election that has become a nationally watched battle over union rights.
Based on preliminary results in Tuesday’s primary, Barrett beat three other Democrats and one Republican running as a Democrat.
Preliminary results show Barrett had 54 percent of the vote. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who was the favorite candidate of major unions, was second with 37 percent. Secretary of State Doug La Follette got 3 percent followed by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout with 4 percent. Gladys Huber, the fake Democrat, got less than 1 percent.
Madison firefighter Mahlon Mitchell defeated two opponents to win the Democratic primary for Wisconsin lieutenant governor.
With the win Tuesday, the leader of the statewide firefighters’ union will now challenge Republican incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch next month. According to unofficial results, Mitchell defeated Milwaukee private detective Ira Robins and fake Democrat Isaac Weix. Kleefisch didn’t have a primary opponent.
Democrats have fended off challenges from fake candidates and will move on to face three Republican state senators in next month’s recall elections.
Lori Compas, a Fort Atkinson photographer, defeated fake Democrat Gary Ellerman in a recall primary Tuesday to earn a chance to face Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald next month.
Former state Rep. Kristin Dexter defeated fake Democrat James Engel in a state Senate recall primary. Dexter advances to face Sen. Terry Moulton in a June 5 general recall election.
Former state Rep. John Lehman defeated fake Democrat Tamra Varebrook in a state Senate recall primary. Lehman advances to faces Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard next month.
The Democrats also are trying to capture an open seat in that same election. Democratic state Rep. Donna Seidel hopes to defeat Rep. Jerry Petrowski for the open Senate seat.
Seidel defeated fake Democrat Jim Buckley in a Wisconsin Senate recall primary. Preliminary results from Tuesday’s elections showed Seidel, a Wausau Democrat, with 63 percent of the vote. Buckley, of Antigo, had 37 percent.
Seidel advances to face Petrowski in a June 5 general recall election. Incumbent Republican Sen. Pam Galloway resigned after Democrats forced her into a recall, leaving her seat open.
Tuesday’s voter turnout in Madison and Eau Claire was running ahead of the pace set during last month’s April election, according to the city clerks.
On Tuesday, Dane County Clerk Karen Peters said she was expecting 35-40 percent of eligible voters to cast ballots in the primary.
“Now whether the June one will turn out, we’re expecting June to be much larger. So I don’t know if people are waiting to see what shakes out on the first one and go from there, but you got to get out there and voice your opinion, so I’m hoping the people do,” Peters said.