As expected, Republicans in Green Lake County outpoll Democrats during partisan primary
Make of it what you will ….
As expected in Green Lake County, traditionally a Republican stronghold, GOP candidates for major statewide office outpolled Democrats by decisive margins.
For example, Incumbent Governor Scott Walker, who had only token opposition in the partisan primary, racked up 1,618 votes in the county. His running mate, incumbent Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, pulled in 1,619 (guess she is more popular than the governor).
On the Democratic side of the ledger, eight candidates split the votes cast. As expected, Tony Evers, the current Superintendent of Public Instruction, garnered the most support with 462 votes. Kelda Roys was next with 91 and in a bit of a surprise, Paul Soglin was third with 87. Statewide, Evers was first with 224,644, followed by Mitchell’s 88,077 and Roys’ 68,952.
The battle in Green Lake Countyfor the lieutenant governor on the Democratic side was closer with Mandela Barnes beating Kurt Kober, 503 to 346.
In the battle for the Senate seat now held by Tammy Baldwin, there was a hotly contested battle on the Republican side with Leah Vukmir outpolling Kevin Nicholson, 830 to 779. Baldwin, who was unopposed on the Democratic Party side, pulled in 887 votes.The Green Lake County Republicans, however, turned out a total of 1,609 voters, drawarfing the total (887) of the Democrats.
Republican strength was also evident as incumbent Congressman Glenn Grothman (6th District) came home with 1,617 votes. Democrat Dan Kohl, like Grothman running unopposed within the party, racked up 805 votes.
In another statewide race, for attorney general, Republican Brad Schmiel earned 1,599 votes in the county, while Josh Kaul, the Democrat, came in with 805 votes.
Voters, who had to choose which party they supported before voting, also gave an early indication of their continued support for incumbent Joan Ballweg in the 41st Assembly District. Ballweg, who has been elected to the seat seven times, had 1,417 votes in Green Lake County.
Democrat Frank Buress, who was unopposed, like Ballweg, was able to muster 756 votes in Green Lake County. The district, however, includes parts of seven additional counties so the Green Lake total is only part of the whole.
So, what does all this mean? Statewide there were more Democrats voting for their candidates on Aug. 14 than there were Republicans. This has to be a concern for the GOP. But for tthem, Green Lake County appears to be protected territory.