Update 6 a.m. Aug. 13: Former state Sen. Van Wanggaard is headed to another election to fight for the seat in the 21st Senate District. He took over 70 percent of the primary vote – 7,896 total – Tuesday while his opponent, Jonathan Steitz, ended with about 23 percent, or 2,415 votes.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also came out on top in his race against Mount Pleasant resident Bryn Biemeck; 86 percent to 12 percent.
In other noteworthy races, state Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, will join Mary Burke in the November gubernatorial election against Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. In Racine County, it wasn’t a particularly close race; Lehman ended with 78 percent of the vote while challenger Mary Jo Walters took 16 percent.
Statewide, though, the margin of victory was smaller; 55 percent to 45 percent, respectively, according to a story in The Journal Times.
And, finally, Democrat Rob Zerban will face off again against Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, in election. Zerban ran against Ryan in 2012, and while he lost, the 12-point margin between the candidates was the smallest Ryan has seen in recent years, the story in the newspaper reads.
Zerban defeated fellow Democrat Amar Kaleka of Oak Creek, and Ryan soundly defeated challenger Jeremy Ryan Tuesday.
The November 2014 general election is Nov. 4.
Update 8:40 p.m.: Voters in both Sturtevant and Caledonia threw their support behind former state Senator Van Wanggaard over his primary opponent Jonathan Steitz from Kenosha County.
In Caledonia, preliminary results from four polling locations show Wanggaard with 1,329 votes over 317 ballots cast for Steitz. Sturtevant voters also chose Wanggaard; 272 to 75, respectively.
Mount Pleasant residents who vote at the joint park in Franksville were asked to choose between incumbent Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, and challenger Bryn Biemeck. Residents at that polling location cast 184 ballots for Vos over 29 for Biemeck.
Sturtevant voters also chose Vos; 309 to 28.
We will keep updating this story as the results are posted.
Original story 7:45 p.m.: Residents throughout Eastern Racine County were expected to head to the polls at a rate of between 10 and 12 percent, and that prediction proved fairly solid half-way through the 2014 partisan primary election Tuesday.
At Mount Pleasant Village Hall, by 12:30 p.m. 489 voters had cast a ballot, a rate of right around 10 percent for that polling location, the busiest in the village.
“We’re had a steady stream all day,” said Linda Fonk, chief poll inspector at Village Hall. “We’re already at 10 percent so I think we’ll stay there for the rest of the day.”
First-time voter Connor Cain, 18, used the touch screen to cast his ballot. Bill Kane was directing ballots into the secure machines and taking numbers. When Cain gave Kane his voter number, Kane loudly and proudly announced that Cain was voting for the first time.
“I felt like if I’m 18 then I should do it as my duty,” he said.
In Sturtevant, Trustee Chris Larsen was number 435 at 5 p.m., moving the needle in that village to just over the 10 percent mark.
We will update this story as voting tallies come in from around the county after the polls close at 8 p.m.
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