Turnout Expected To Be Light For Tuesday's Primary

Aug 10, 2014

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One Northwoods county clerk doesn't think there will be a very big turnout today as Wisconsin holds a partisan primary election today.

Oneida County Clerk Mary Bartelt says interest by the public hasn't been overwhelming...

"....I think our turnout is going to be small. I would say maybe 20-25 percent. I just have that feeling. There hasn't been a lot of absentee(ballots) ask for...so that is what I'm projecting..."

The U.S.  7th Congressional seat has a primary.. Incumbent Republican Sean Duffy is challenged by two Republicans...Don Raihala of Superior and write in candidate John Schiess. On the Democratic side, Kelly Westlund of Ashland and Mike Krsiean are running, as is Green Party candidate Lawrence Dale. Dale gets an automatic berth, with the winner of the Westlund-Krsiean vote taking on the Republican winner. The 8th Congressional District has no primary.

Statewide, Democrats have a primary for Governor. Mary Burke is being challenged by Brett Hulsey. Republican Governor Scott Walker has no primary challenger.

The Democrats also have a primary for Lt. Governor where John Lehman and Mary Jo Walters are running. The winner will take on incumbent Republican Rebecca Kleefisch.

For Attorney General, incumbent Republican J.B. Van Hollen is retiring. Three Democrats are running for one spot, Jon Richards, Susan Happ, Ismael Ozanne. Brad Schmiel is the sole Republican running for A.G. A number of candidates are on the ballot for Secretary of State and State Treasurer, including Rhinelander's Jerry Shidell on the Libertarian ballot. Three Northwoods members of the Assembly...all Republicans, face no challenge to reelection.

The county clerks of court and sheriffs are up for election this time. One primary is in Langlade county where incumbent Sheriff William Greening is running as a Democrat and has no opposition this election. Two Republican candidates, Joseph Stegall and Sam Wurtinger are competing with the winner to face Greening in November. In Oneida, Lincoln, Vilas and Forest counties, the incumbents have no challengers at this election.