Smiles lit up Chris Schmaling's election night party -- as he led the Sheriff race
We'll post election results here as they come in ...
9:04 p.m. - We're still waiting on results. Word earlier today is some polling places were running short of ballots. Not sure anyone thought turnout would be a problem, but maybe the Republican governor's and sheriff's races brought people out. Or maybe just not enough ballots were ordered.
9:06 p.m. - State Rep. Bob Turner is declaring victory. Not sure where his numbers are coming from, but here's the statement from his campaign:
Bob Turner released the following statement after gaining the Democratic nomination to serve the people of the 61st Assembly District:
“I am so humbled by the outpouring of support from the great people of Racine. Whether you are my friend, neighbor, supporter, or just want to bring Racine back to its roots, I am so grateful to all of you, and am honored to have the chance to serve you again.
I want to first thank my wife Gloria for the time she puts in and the time she allows me to put into my campaign. Her and my three sons have been by my side since I first ran for State Assembly, and I am thankful for them every day. I also want to thank the great volunteers that helped me have face-to-face conversations with voters. Without them, none of this would have been possible.
I also would like to recognize my opponent Jim Dematthew for his willingness to serve this district. I know that he shares a great concern for this district just as I do, and I look forward to working with him in the future to fight for hard working families.
Tonight we made a big step forward in our campaign and in the next seven weeks, I will continue to talk to voters about their concerns facing Racine. While Republicans want to continue to help Wall Street and not Main Street, I will continue to work to make sure working families have a voice. We need to elect good democrats this fall to ensure that middle class families come first, and so we do not go back to the failed policies of the Bush administration.
I will continue to make bringing good paying, family supporting jobs to Racine my top priority. I will not stop until we bring Racine back to its roots. I believe my experience mixed with the new ideas I have, makes me the most qualified candidate to serve Racine. I look forward to continuing to earn your trust and work for you on November 2nd.”
Bob Turner represents the 61st Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Legislature, where he has served for more than 20 years. Turner also served for nearly three decades on the Racine City Council, as well as numerous local boards and committees. The general election will be held on November 2nd.
9:41 p.m. - With early results in it looks like Chris Schmaling will win the Republican nod for Sheriff. He's blowing away Ron Molnar and Gonzalo Gonzalez at the moment, but few results from the city are in. It's possible the east end could even things out.
10:20 p.m. - Schmaling continues to more than double Molnar and Gonzalez combined.
10:21 p.m. - Scott Walker easily defeated Mark Neumann for the Republican nomination for governor. Looks like Rebecca Kleefisch is also going to win.
10:49 p.m. - Looks like it'll be Walker/Kleefisch vs. Barrett/Nelson for governor.
11:59 p.m. - Gonzalez and Molnar combined couldn't beat Schmaling in this election. An aggressive campaign, a decent amount of money, and a strong candidate added up to a route for the Sheriff's Department investigator. Wonder if Schmaling is going to return to work or extend his leave of absence through the Nov. 2 general election.
No surprises tonight. Turner and Wannggaard rolled, as did Walker. Some good news out in Union Grove where voters approved money to build some new science classrooms. That's only to help the district lure Mount Pleasant students away from Racine Unified.
The County Clerk's office appeared to struggle a bit with this election. Not sure what happened, but it's rare that we have to wait until after midnight for election results. Voter turnout was projected at around 33 percent, which is pretty good for an election many people didn't even know was going on.