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Mary Burke wins Dem gubernatorial primary; other statewide primary results

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Mary Burke easily won the Democratic bid for governor, 84-16 percent at last count over Brett Hulsey.

Burke's running mate appears to be Racine Senate Democrat John Lehman, who had a ten point lead in his party's bid for lieutenant governor. They'll face Republican Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in November.

Burke said her primary victory does not change her strategy, as her campaign focuses on trying to defeat Republican Scott Walker in November.

One area in which Burke plans a greater focus is getting the word out about her plan to improve the Wisconsin economy and create more jobs.

After the outcome became clear, the Republican Governors Association issued a statement that said:

“As Governor Walker continues to move Wisconsin forward, Democrat Mary Burke’s campaign is all about returning to the failed policies of the past,” RGA Executive Director Phil Cox said. “When Burke was Commerce Secretary under Gov. Jim Doyle, the unemployment rate was on the rise and jobs were hard to come by. The economy was in a tailspin. Why would Wisconsin go back?”

DISTRICT ATTORNEY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

The AP has declared Susan Happ the winner of the day's biggest statewide race, a three-way Democratic primary for attorney general.

With almost three-fourths of the votes tallied, Happ -- the Jefferson County district attorney -- had 53 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Assembly Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee. Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne had 17 percent.

Happ will now face Waukesha County Republican DA Brad Schimel in November, for the right to replace Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen -- who's stepping down after 8 years in office.

SECRETARY OF STATE

Assembly Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay lost his bid for Secretary of State, 63-37 percent against Julian Bradley with three-fourths of the vote tallied.

Bradley will go up against long-time incumbent Doug La Follette in November -- although the duties for both the Secretary of State and state Treasurer have dwindled down to almost nothing in recent years.

WISCONSIN TREASURER

Matt Adamczyk won the Republican bid for the treasurer's office, vowing to eliminate it if he wins. David Sartori had a two-point edge over Dave Leeper for the Democratic treasurer's bid with 71 percent of the vote counted.

1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

U.S. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville had no problem defeating his namesake rival in Tuesday's primary. 

With 69 percent of the vote counted, Paul Ryan had more than 30,000 votes to just 1,915 for Madison consultant Jeremy Ryan -- who's best known for his State Capitol protests. Jeremy would have had to move to Paul Ryan's district only if he won. The two Ryans are not related. 

Paul Ryan was the Republicans' vice presidential nominee in 2012, and he's often mentioned as a possible candidate for the White House in 2016. He raised a record $1.6 million from April through June, while Jeremy Ryan didn't raise enough to require a campaign finance report.

On the Democratic side, Kenosha businessman Rob Zerban had a wide lead over Amar Kaleka for the right to run against Ryan in November.  Zerban had 79 percent of the vote, to 21 percent for Kaleka, a relative of the gunshot victims in the Sikh Temple shooting massacre in Oak Creek in 2012.

OTHER STATE RESULTS

Third District Congress Republican

100 percent reporting

Tony Kurtz 57%, Karen Mueller 24%, Ken Van Doren 20%

Fourth District Congress Democrat

100 percent reporting

Gwen Moore (Incumbent) 71%, Gary George 29%

Sixth District Congress Republican

100 percent reporting

Glenn Grothman 36%, Joe Leibham 36%, Duey Stroebel 25%, Tom Denow 3%

Wisconsin Senate District 15 Democrat

100 percent reporting

Janis Ringhand 40%, Austin Scieszinski 38%, Mike Sheridan 22%

Wisconsin Senate District 21 Republican

100 percent reporting

Van Wanggaard 71%, Jonathan Steltz 29%

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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