Wisconsin Secretary of State election, 2010

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In the Wisconsin Secretary of State election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Democrat incumbent Douglas La Follette defeated Republican challenger David D. King. La Follette edged out King with 51.6% of the vote.

In the primary election on September 14, both candidates ran unopposed.

Incumbent La Follette first won election as the state's secretary of state in 1976. He was challenged in the state's Democratic primary by Scott Ross and defeated him 236,547 (72%) votes to 95,354 (28%) votes.[1] In the general election contest, La Follette faced Republican challenger Sandy Sullivan, winning by 1,184,720 (57%) votes to 796,686 (38%) votes.[2]

Race tracking

Ballotpedia predicted a Democrat would become Wisconsin's new Secretary of State.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for Wisconsin Secretary of State
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Leans Democrat
Overall Call Leans Democrat

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General election results

Wisconsin Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas La Follette Incumbent 51.6% 1,074,118
     Republican David D. King 48.3% 1,005,217
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,863
Total Votes 2,081,198
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board


According to Follow the Money, the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates is as follows:

Wisconsin Secretary of State Campaign Finance
Candidate Total Contributions
Doug La Follette[3] $1,071
David D. King[4] $51,250


David D. King

  • Can-Do Conservatives of America[5]

Civil lawsuit

On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, a week before the general election, a thirty-one year old woman named Charlette Harris filed a civil lawsuit against David King, "alleging he impregnated her while she was drunk and unconscious."[6] Harris claims that King took her out to lunch on Thursday, August 26th after hiring her for a position at Buy Seasons, Inc., a New Berlin-based costume distributor, and got her so intoxicated that she passed out on a couch at King's residence "and woke up hours later in a bedroom with her pants unbuttoned."[7] Weeks later, Harris discovered she was pregnant and contends that King is the father because she is a lesbian and has not had sex with a man since her meeting with the Republican Secretary of State candidate. She claims she did not go to the police with her allegations, believing she would be fired from her job; at the time the suit was filed, Harris had already quit her position at Buy Seasons. Her legal challenge accuses King of battery, violation of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress; it also names Buy Seasons for negligent supervision.

Primary elections

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Incumbent Douglas La Follette[8] ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election, held September 14, 2010.

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary Election[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Douglas La Follette 99.72%
     Democratic Party Other 0.28%
Total Votes 196,911

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

David D. King[10] ran unopposed in the Republican primary election, held September 14, 2010.

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary Election[11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda David D. King 99.75%
     Republican Party Other 0.25%
Total Votes 91,883

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