How Did Greenfield Vote on Tuesday?
With more at stake than the Democrats, Greenfield's Republicans turned out in large numbers to show support for their favorite U.S. Senate candidate.
As was the case across the state, the Republican primary for the vacant U.S. Senate seat was a two-man race in Greenfield.
And former governor Tommy Thompson outpaced businessman Eric Hovde, 1,566-1,383, consistent with yesterday’s final statewide tally.
Thompson will face Tammy Baldwin in the general election in November; she picked up 1,115 votes Tuesday.
Jeff Fitzgerald was a distant third with 877 votes; Mark Neumann had 837.
Twenty-seven percent of registered Greenfield voters cast a ballot, or 6,067 of 21,981.
In the only other contested race on Tuesday’s primary ballot, newcomer Daniel Riemer edged incumbent Peggy Krusick among Greenfield voters for the Democratic nomination in the race for the 7th District Assembly seat. Riemer, who beat the 29-year veteran representative handily throughout the district, edged Krusick, 178-149, in the four city wards still in that district.
Republicans in uncontested races for U.S. Congress, state senate and state representative far outdistanced their uncontested Democratic counterparts. That was likely a direct reflection of who had the most incentive to vote Tuesday: those who identify themselves with the GOP had more at stake with the four-candidate senate primary.
- Republican F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. received 3,035 votes in the U.S. Congress contest, compared to Dave Heaster’s 911.
- Incumbent Republican Jeff Stone, the 82nd District's representative,picked up 805 votes. His November challenger, Kathleen Wies-Vincent, received 235.
- In the 84th Assembly District, which will include most of Greenfield starting Jan. 2013, incumbent Republican Mike Kuglitsch earned 1,596 votes. Jesse Roelke received 422 in the Democratic primary.
- And in the 28th Senate District, incumbent Mary Lazich garnered 2,468 votes to Democratic challenger Jim Ward’s 671.