2012 elections review: Few incumbents defeated in Wisconsin

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August 15, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continued yesterday with primaries in Wisconsin.

Here's what happened in Wisconsin, where races for State Senate, State House, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House were held.

Contested Primaries in Wisconsin -- August 14, 2012
U.S. House
(8 seats)
State Legislature
(115 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 1 (12.5%) 29 (25.21%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 1 (12.5%) 21 (18.26%)


U.S. Senate

Incumbent Democrat Herb Kohl is not running for re-election, leaving a hotly contested senate seat open. Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She will face Republican former Governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson in the general election on November 6, 2012. Thompson defeated Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald in the August 14th primary.[1]

U.S. House

There were two contested House races in the primary. The 2nd district seat is open as incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin is running for Senate. State Representative Mark Pocan won the Democratic primary, defeating Kelda Helen Roys, Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall.[1]

In 6th, Democrat Joe Kallas ran unopposed. Incumbent Republican Tom Petri defeated Lauren Stephens in the Republican primary. Kallas and Petri face off in the general election.[1]

State Legislature

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012 and Wisconsin State Senate elections, 2012

There are a total of 115 legislative seats with elections in 2012 -- 99 Assembly seats 16 Senate seats.

Last night, 29 (25.21%) contested Democratic primaries and 21 (18.26%) contested Republican primaries took place between the two chambers, for a total of 50 races with more than one candidate appearing on the ballot. District 7 Democratic incumbent Margaret "Peggy" Krusick was defeated by newcomer and law student Daniel Riemer, and District 11 Democratic incumbent Jason Fields fell easily to Community Organizer Mandela Barnes in one of the earliest assembly races to be called after the polls closed yesterday.

As of 1:00pm CST the day after the election, nominees in 48 of those 50 races have been chosen to advance to the general election. The two races which have yet to be called are the Democratic primaries for District 1 and District 71 of the State Assembly, in which the top two vote-getters are separated by 31 and 44 votes, respectively.[2]

State Assembly races too close to call:

District 1

Note: Incumbent Gary Bies ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:

District 71

Note: Incumbent Democrat Louis Molepske, Jr. did not seek re-election. The Democratic primary winner will face Patrick Testin in the general election. Testin ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Democratic Party August 14 Democratic primary:

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