This is interesting:
Keeping in mind the same thing that I said in my earlier post (the general election turnout will be much different), these are interesting. The County Executive race was a lot closer than I thought it would be. Larson is a total nut. The fact that he’s doing that well speaks to a significant faction of voters who are dissatisfied with Abele.
The Mayoral race was also closer than expected. Milwaukee has a habit of voting for incumbent mayors until they die or quit – irrespective of the mayor’s actual performance. In this case, both Davis and Donavan are running very anti-Barrett races and their combined vote is substantially higher than Barrett’s. Do we dare to be hopeful that Davis’ votes swing to Donovan for the general election? Or were a lot of Davis’ supporters black voters (Davis is black) who will swing back to the entrenched Democrat, Barrett (even though it’s a non-partisan election)? I’m not getting my hopes up, but after 12 years of a useless mayor, it would be nice to see Milwaukee folks buck history.
UPDATE: With all of the votes counted, Larson beat out Abele.
Larson had a more than 700 vote lead over Abele with 100% of the votes counted at the end of a night marked by several lead changes.
Larson, leading with a slim margin, won 45% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, according to preliminary results.
Abele received 44% of the primary vote to place well ahead of Joseph T. Klein of the Wisconsin Pirate Party and Steve Hogan, a carpenter.