Hamilton Political Tidbits – August 10, 2016

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August 10, 2016

Like most elections, yesterday's primary in Wisconsin was highly anticipated. There were many races of interest on the ballot and Hamilton Consulting has the full results.

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2016 Primary Election Results

The constant drumbeat of anti-establishment rhetoric that has been a theme throughout the presidential campaign was not evident in Tuesday's primary.  While there were some close calls, every legislative incumbent who faced a challenge for their seat made it through the primary. 

Speaker Paul Ryan's primary race against Paul Nehlen registered on the national radar as one of interest.  Nehlen was up with television ads attacking Speaker Ryan and he earned praise from some sectors of the national conservative media, but those factors were not enough. Wisconsin Republicans in the 1st Congressional District resoundingly rejected Nehlen as Ryan cruised to victory.

While the primary contests throughout Wisconsin were generally low turnout affairs, there were many races that had impactful results.

In the 8th Congressional District, Mike Gallagher won with an eye-popping 74 percent of the vote in a three-way primary against State Sen. Frank Lasee and Terry McNulty.  He will now face Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson in the seat to replace the retiring Reid Ribble.

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News Clips 
Paul Ryan wins Republican primary in Wiscoinsin: New York Times, August 9, 2016.
Jimmy Anderson prevails in Assembly race to replace Robb Kahl: Wisconsin State Journal, August 9, 2016.
Shilling-Kapanke rematch set in 32nd District: La Crosse Tribune, August 9, 2016.
Incumbents win congressional primaries: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 9, 2016.
Feyen bests Elliott in 18th GOP primary: The Northwestern, August 9, 2016.
Confident in victory, Kind vows to remain moderate: La Crosse Tribune, August 9, 2016.
Gallagher wins GOP race for 8th District: Green Bay Press Gazette, August 9, 2016.
Feingold, Johnson point to November: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 9, 2016.
Taylor easily defeats Barnes in primary: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 9, 2016.
Milwaukee primary races attract dark money: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 8, 2016.

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