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How Did Greenfield Vote in 2008?

Just a handful of votes separated Barack Obama from John McCain in 2008.

If recent history is any indication, Greenfield could be split right down the middle between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney come Tuesday.

Four years ago, the Obama-Joe Biden ticket got a slight majority of the city's votes over John McCain and Sarah Palin. And by slight, we're talking just 289 more votes out of the 19,733 cast.

Obama earned 50.7 percent, or 10,011, of the votes and won 13 of the city's 21 wards: 1-5, 8, 13-18 and 21. (see a ward-by-ward chart below)

McCain finished with 49.3 percent, or 9,722 votes, thanks in large part to wins in Wards 6-7, 9-12 and 20.

Oddly, there was a tie in Ward 19; exactly 643 people voted for both Obama and McCain.

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On Tuesday, Romney could be helped in Greenfield, and all of Wisconsin, by his running mate's popularity. In 2008, Romney's vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan carried Greenfield with 11,694 votes compared to Democratic challenger Marge Krupp's 6,912 in the 1st Congressional District.

Ryan, however, does not appear on Greenfield ballots in a congressional race this time around. The 1st District, where Ryan is running against Rob Zerban, no longer includes Greenfield. Instead, Greenfield residents now falls into the 5th District, which is a contested race between 16-term Republican Jim Sensenbrenner and Democratic challenger Dave Heaster.

Also on the 2008 ballot, Republican state Sen. Mary Lazich ran unopposed in the 28th District, as did Republican Rep. Jeff Stone in the 82nd District. Lazich received 4,090 votes; Stone garnered 4,047.

In the 7th Assembly District, Democrat Peggy Krusick had 7,627 votes to Republican challenger Corrine Wiesmueller's 5,081. Brad Sponholz, who ran for the Greenfield School Board last spring, received 326 votes for the Libertarian Party.

This fall, Lazich is facing a challenge from Democrat Jim Ward, and Stone is squaring off with Democrat Kathleen Vincent. Krusick lost in a primary to newcomer David Riemer, but is running a write-in campaign.

Below are Greenfield's ward-by-ward results for the 2008 election:

Obama/Biden McCain/Palin Ward 1 568 486 Ward 2 568 453 Ward 3 510 366 Ward 4 479 341 Ward 5 487 433 Ward 6 398 498 Ward 7 509 588 Ward 8 611 481 Ward 9 497 607 Ward 10 452 518 Ward 11 472 688 Ward 12 383 562 Ward 13 325 315 Ward 14 478 406 Ward 15 309 242 Ward 16 342 332 Ward 17 448 323 Ward 18 500 498 Ward 19 643 643 Ward 20 561 594 Ward 21 471 348 Total 10,011 9,722

More election coverage: Greenfield Patch will have all your local election coverage leading up to, on and after Election Day.

Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian ) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Connor Perry November 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
It will be exciting to see how the split is this time for Obama and Romney
Peter J G Chiconas November 05, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I'm so glad I live in Wisconsin. It's a place where my vote really has some weight!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM
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