Polls Open for Wisconsin Primary

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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Wisconsin voters are heading to the polls in a primary election that will determine the Democrats pick for governor and attorney general.

Turnout for Tuesday's balloting is predicted to be about 15 percent.

The primary winner in a three-way race for attorney general will face Republican Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel in November. The Democratic candidates are state Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee and district attorneys Susan Happ of Jefferson County and Ismael Ozanne of Dane County. Republican J.B. Van Hollen is not seeking re-election.

In the Democratic race for governor, Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke is expected to easily defeat longshot candidate Brett Hulsey, who raised almost no money and was largely shunned by party leaders and other office holders. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is unopposed in the primary.

Wisconsin's primary election sets the field for a battle in November to determine whether Democrats can retake the majority in the closely divided state Senate.

The state Assembly likely won't be in play as Republicans have a 60-39 majority, but the GOP holds a 17-15 edge in the Senate with a vacancy in a Republican district.

A key Senate race is in southwestern Wisconsin's 17th Senate District. Republican incumbent Dale Schultz -- who cast the lone GOP Senate vote against Gov. Scott Walker's union restrictions -- is retiring, leaving the seat up for grabs.

Republican Van Wanggaard wants to recapture his seat in southeastern Wisconsin's 21st Senate District. Wanggaard lost it in a 2012 recall driven by anger over the union prohibitions. He faces Jonathan Steiz in a GOP primary.

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