South Milwaukee Primary Election Results: Big Turnout

Results are in from Tuesday’s primary election, and one of the big headlines locally was turnout.

More than 28% of registered voters voted, ahead of expectations.

Among the local results in contested races:

  • In the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s race, David Clarke scored a big win locally, with 56% of the vote. Challenger Chris Moews had 42%.
  • Mary Burke easily won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, as did John Lehman in the lieutenant governor race.
  • For attorney general, Susan Happ and Jon Richards nearly split the vote in South Milwaukee.
  • Incumbent U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore narrowly defeated challenger Gary George in the Fourth District Congressional race. She will face Republican Dan Sebring in the November general election. Sebring beat David King in the Republican primary Tuesday.

The number of “undervotes” — blank ballots for certain races — was also telling, albeit not necessarily surprising. Some of the races had hundreds of blank ballots reported. There were only a handful in the sheriff’s race, suggesting to me there were a number of Republican voters who “crossed over” to vote only in this race, as Democrats.

Check out the full results here.

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