The results are in, and South Milwaukee split its votes among the major parties on Tuesday — supporting a Democrat for president and Republicans for U.S. Senate and state Assembly.
From the local results …
- Turnout locally was 84.9 percent. That included 2,414 people who voted early as in-person absentees, just shy of 20 percent of all registered voters — a significant increase from 2012.
- In the race for president, Democrat Hillary Clinton tallied 4,817 votes in South Milwaukee to Republican Donald Trump’s 4,758, or 46.3 percent to 45.8 percent.
- In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson beat Democratic challenger Russ Feingold, 48.4 percent to 46.3 percent.
- In the 21st Assembly race, incumbent Republican Rep. Jessie Rodriguez defeated Democratic challenger Jack Redmond, 51.9 to 43 percent, in South Milwaukee.
- U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore also won re-election with 47.9 percent of the vote in our city.
I want to congratulate all of the winners of these races, and I look forward to working with them where possible to advance Wisconsin cities, the South Shore and South Milwaukee.
And I want to reiterate my thanks for all of the people who made today’s election happen.
I start with City Clerk Jim Shelenske and the clerk’s office staff for their months of preparation and weeks of execution, to lead the way in ensuring a smooth election day and good experience at the polls. I thank our pollworkers, all 112 of them — more than double the number from 2012. And I thank our volunteers, especially all of the South Milwaukee High School students who witnessed democracy in action today while helping us out.
It takes a village to run an election, and our people delivered. Please take a minute and join me in congratulating all of these folks on a job well done.