November 4, 2008
Local results: Vos, Ryan, incumbents win; Police lose
Here are the final Racine County totals for locally-contested races. The county's vote summary tables are here for all races, and the precinct-by-precinct details are here.
In all, the county had 80% turnout: 101,110 votes cast out of 126,228 registered voters.
Democrats Barack Obama and his running-mate Joe Biden won Racine County by a commanding margin, 52.79% to 45.41%. They received 53,405 votes, to the 45,941 given to Republicans John McCain and his running-mate Sarah Palin.
Of seven minor parties with candidates for President, Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez did the best, garnering 496 votes in the county, or .49%
Congress, 1st District
Republican Paul Ryan won a sixth term in Congress by a bigger margin than even he had enjoyed in past non-contests. In Racine County, he defeated Democrat Marge Krupp, receiving 59,656 votes in the county, to her 36,305; 58.98% to 35.89%. Libertarian Joseph Kexel received 1,038 votes, or 1.03%. In Kenosha County, Ryan got 43,638 votes, or 51.95%, to Krupp's 31,365, or 37.34% and Kexel's 1,372, 1.63%. The most complete unofficial total we've seen encompassing the entire Congressional District, with 303 precincts out of 304 counted, shows Ryan with 225,563 votes, or 65%, to Krupp's 122,437 votes, or 35%.
Three incumbents made easy work of their challengers.
In the 61st District, Democrat Robert Turner received 16,267, or 70.05% of the votes cast, while his opponent, George Meyers received 2,242 votes, or 9.65%. Some 4,674 voters, or 20.13%, didn't bother picking any candidate in the race.
In the 62nd District, Democrat Cory Mason received 17,891 votes, or 62.5%, to his opponent Keith Deschler's 3,214, or 11.23%. Some 7,448 voters, 26.02%, didn't bother choosing anyone.
In the more hotly contested 63rd District, incumbent Republican Robin Vos received 20,170 votes, or 59.19%, compared to Democrat Linda Flashinski's 12,608, or 37%.
In a real squeaker, Republican Wendy Christensen received 47,515 votes, 4699%, to defeat Democrat Theresa Cotton-Kendrick, who received 46,350, or 45.84%. If only some of the 7,152 voters who skipped this election had picked a favorite, the result might not be so tight.
Police Overtime Referendum
There'll be no extra $400,000 for police overtime in Racine. The referendum was defeated. It received 16,331 no votes, but only 12,922 in favor, losing 46.02% to 36.41%
No smoking in Kenosha
Kenosha's advisory referendum on banning smoking in all workplaces -- strenuously fought by the city's taverns -- was defeated. It received 22,240 no votes, 50.28%, and 20,542, 46.44%, yes votes.