Voters hit the polls in partisan primary

Just under 5,000 Lincoln County voters turned out at the polls last Tuesday to take part in the statewide partisan primary.

In the Republican primary for the State Assembly District 35 seat, Tom Tiffany edged Jeremy Cordova 1,796 votes to 1,511 in Lincoln County. District-wide, however, Tiffany opened the margin to 3,708 to 2,097 to defeat Cordova and move on to face Democrat Jay Schmelling in the November general election. Incumbent District 35 representative Don Friske of Merrill is not seeking re-election.

In the race for the District 7 U.S. Assembly seat, held for decades by the retiring Dave Obey, Democrat Julie Lassa and Republican Sean Duffy won their respective primaries and will face off in the November election.

For the U.S. Senate seat, Republican Ron Johnson won a primary victory and a bid against incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold in November.

The Wisconsin Governor’s race will feature Democrat Tom Barrett and Repubican Scott Walker, who both came out on top of their respective primaries. Primary victories for Lieutenant Governor were won by Tom Nelson on the Democrat side and Rebecca Kleefisch on the Republican ballot.

For state Treasurer, incumbent Democrat Dawn Sass scored a primary victory, and will defend her office against Republic Kurt Schuller, who also won his party’s primary.

November races that featured no primary competition include the Lincoln County Clerk of Courts office. In that race, incumbent Republican Cindy Kimmons will face Democrat challenger Christine Ament. Also, incumbent Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger is facing a write-in challenge from Dave Kirmsse.

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