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After early returns in the primary election showed him trailing opponent Adam Steen, Robin Vos, (R-Rochester) at the end of the night declared victory for the 63rd Assembly District seat despite a 260 vote difference between him Steen.

Vos is the longest-serving speaker—since 2013—and has been in Madison since 2004.

City rejects tax increase for police

Voters in the City of Racine said a loud, “No,” to increasing taxes by $2 million to pay for adding back 11 police officer positions eliminated in 2020 and other initiatives to combat the uptick in violent crime. Tallies with 99% of precincts reporting saw 3,695 votes against the proposal compared to 2,846 in support of it.

Had voters approved the measure, taxes would have gone up by 3.5%. With a current tax rate of $15.43 per $1,000 of assessed value, a home assessed at $150,000 would pay an additional $81 per year in property taxes.

Kareen L. McLain, 21, was shot and killed on July 11. His death was the seventh homicide in 2022, nearly double from this same time last year.

The City Council in July voted to place the question on the August primary election ballot, as noted in a story from TMJ4 News.

County follows results in statewide races

Racine County residents voted in this primary election much like the rest of the state in primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, senator, and attorney general.

Given the number of Republican lawmakers facing primaries, Republican voters turned out in greater numbers than Democrats; with 21,725 total votes to 13,347, respectively. Many candidates will then run unopposed in November, including Vos and State Sen. Van Wanggaard. Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling did not have a primary opponent, and he also will not have an opponent on the November ballot.

A total of 35,133 ballots were cast Tuesday night in Racine County with the Libertarian party recording 43 votes, and the Constitution party tally at 18 to round out the vote totals.

Results posted by TMJ4 show that Republican businessman Tim Michels will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in November. With 99% of all precincts reporting, Michels came out ahead of former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, 326,571 to 291,013.

Current Democratic Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes will square off against incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson in a race that has nationwide implications given the precarious balance between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate chamber.

Here’s the list of winners of the August 2022 primary election as of 6 a.m. Aug. 10 based on unofficial final results with 99% of precincts reporting. Statewide races that haven’t been called yet list the leading candidates and current vote totals. Racine County Eye will update these results as we get them.

Primary election unofficial results


(D) Tony Evers

(R) Tim Michels

Lt. Governor

(D) Sara Rodriguez

(R) Roger Roth

Attorney General

(D) Josh Kaul

(R) Eric Toney and Adam Jarchow each have 37%, 223,180 to 219,720.

Secretary of State

(D) Doug LaFollette

(R) Amy Loudenbeck


(D) Aaron Richardson (38%) leads Gillian Battino (36%), 168,331 to 159,384

(R) John Leiber

State Senate District 21

(R) Van Wanggaard

Assembly District 63

(R) Robin Vos

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