Greenfield voters turned out to the polls in huge numbers for Tuesday's presidential election, but a majority of them went to be disappointed.
Four years after voting in favor of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, Greenfield voters preferred the president's opponent Tuesday. Gov. Mitt Romney carried 51.2 percent of Greenfield's vote, compared to 47.9 percent for Obama as 91.6 percent of Greenfield's 22,464 registered voters turned out on or before Tuesday's showdown.
Of them, 10,411 voted for Romney and 9,744 for Obama.
The state and the nation, however, did not agree with Greenfield's majority as Obama carried Wisconsin and won a second term.
Four years ago, Obama and Joe Biden garnered 10,012 votes in Greenfield; Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin had 9,723. In 2000 and 2004, hoever, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were Greenfield's top presidential vote-getters.
Senate race also favors GOP
Greenfield's votes for Republican candidates were not limited to the presidential race.
In the U.S. Senate showdown between former Gov. Tommy Thompson and Tammy Baldwin, Baldwin won the overall race despite losing Greenfield, 10,044 votes to 9,439.
"Tonight, at the end of a long and hard-fought campaign, we have won a huge victory for Wisconsin’s middle class," Senator-elect Baldwin said in her post-election remarks. "That’s what this has been about since I started this journey 14 months ago. Everywhere I’ve gone in our beautiful state, people have told me that they want a Senator who will listen to the middle class when they need help, a Senator who will stand on the side of the middle class, a Senator who will wake up every morning and fight for the middle class."
Incumbent Republican Jim Sensenbrenner also tallied a wide victory over Democrat Dave Heaster (10,004 to 7,263) in the U.S. District 5 congressional contest.
With Greenfield voters' support, Republicans also retained their seats in the state Senate and Assembly races.
State Sen. Mary Lazich tallied 8,159 votes to Democratic challenger Jim Ward's 6,726 in Greenfield on her way to retaining the 28th District's seat with 63 percent in all the districts she represents.
Rep. Jeff Stone in the 82nd Assembly District and Mike Kuglitsch in the 84th were successful in their re-election bids thanks largely to voting totals in Greenfield, where Stone held off Democratic challenger Kathleen Wied-Vincent (2,538 to 2,312) and Kuglitsch defeated Democrat Jesse Roelke (5,523 to 3,909).
Overall, Stone had 60 percent of his district's votes and Kuglitsch 63 percent.
Democrat Daniel Riemer totaled 2,031 votes in Greenfield in the 7th Assembly District, while write-in candidate and longtime representative Peggy Krusick had 375 votes.
Here's the breakdown on how Greenfield voted Tuesday. Results are not official until they are canvassed:
Presidential and U.S. Senate results only represent votes in Greenfield. Congressional and state legislative results are for entire district.
U.S. Senate 100%
Tammy Baldwin 9,439
Tommy Thompson 10,044
82nd State Assembly District
Kathleen Wied-Vincent 11,854
Jeff Stone 17,854
84th State Assembly District
28th State Senate District 100%
Jim Ward 34,990
Mary Lazich 60,621
5th Congressional District
Dave Heaster 117,972
Jim Sensenbrenner 249,267
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- Presidential race: Obama carries Wisconsin
- U.S. Senate race: It's Tammy over Tommy
- Live Blog Replay: Revisit Patch's Election Day blog
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