Toney wins GOP Attorney General primary, Jarchow concedes

Eric Toney will face Democratic incumbent Josh Kaul in November.
Eric Toney will face Democratic Incumbent Josh Kaul in November.
Eric Toney will face Democratic Incumbent Josh Kaul in November.(Eric Toney Facebook page)
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 5:42 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 4:26 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former state representative who says he “came up just short” in the Republican primary race for Wisconsin attorney general urged his supporters Wednesday to unite behind Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.

Adam Jarchow issued the apparent concession early Wednesday as unofficial but nearly complete results showed him trailing Toney by fewer than 4,000 votes, or about 0.6% of the vote. The winner will face Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul.

“In a close and highly contested race, we came up just short,” Jarchow tweeted. “It’s time to unite behind @EricJToney and ensure he has the resources and support needed to fire Josh Kaul. Eric Toney has my full support.”

“I am thankful and humbled for the trust the voters placed in me,” Toney said. “When this campaign started in April of 2021 I made the resolution that this campaign was going to be won through hard work and the same grit I was raised with as the son of a cop. The voters responded to our message of restoring respect for the rule of law and stopping the epidemic of drugs and violent crime that has swept Wisconsin.”

Karen Mueller, who ran as an outsider who wants to decertify the 2020 presidential election results, ran a strong third with nearly 26% of the vote.

The race was too close for The Associated Press to declare a winner early Wednesday.

Jarchow could seek a recount if the final difference between him and Toney is less than 1 percentage point. But Jarchow did not discuss that option in a statement blasting Kaul and saying that Toney has the “political fortitude to right the ship” and “has my full support.”

Jarchow outraised Toney as he ran to the right of him in the race. But Toney touted his experience in the courtroom, emphasizing that Jarchow had never tried a criminal case.

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