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Friday, August 29, 2014

 10:26 AM 

Recount results in 17th SD Dem primary put Bomhack up 33 votes

With all counties now reporting, Pat Bomhack had a 33-vote lead over Dem rival Ernie Wittwer in the 17th SD primary, according to the GAB.

The recount left Bomhack with 3,837 votes to 3,804 for Wittwer.

That margin was due at least in part to missing ballots in Green County, where Wittwer lost 40 votes and Bomhack lost 12 after election officials could not find the votes to be included in the recount. Wittwer emerged from the canvass with a seven-vote lead, 3,847-3,840.

The GAB said Judge Gerald Nichol from the board will certify the canvass statements for the recount in the 17th SD and in the 87th AD at 5 p.m. today. Once the canvass is certified, Wittwer will have five business days starting Tuesday to challenge the results in circuit court.

-- By JR Ross


 9:51 AM 

New Burke ad features Madison high school student

A new TV ad from Mary Burke highlights her work on an educational program for Madison high schoolers that aims to reduce achievement gaps and prepare low-income students for college.

The 30-second spot, titled "Annie," focuses on the AVID/TOPS program, which is a partnership between Madison Schools and the Boys & Girls Club of Madison that Burke helped create. The spot says 90 percent of program participants go on to two- or four-year college.

The ad features a young woman from Madison, Annie Pendl, who says she is working three jobs and 60 hours each week, but that doing so is worth it because she gets to go to college in the fall.

The ad starts by showing Pendl walking to her car then driving as she explains her situation. The video cuts to Burke working with students as a voiceover explains the program. The video then shows Pendl walking with her family and sitting with Burke, as Pendl says, "What Mary Burke started opened up opportunities I couldn't even imagine; Mary Burke changed my life."


Thursday, August 28, 2014

 2:55 PM 

Greater Wisconsin TV ad says Walker cut school funding, gave money to friends

The Greater Wisconsin PAC is up with a new TV ad that slams Walker for cutting school funding and accuses him of giving the money to his friends.

The spot opens with three children asking, “Why?” 

“Why did Scott Walker cut school funding more per student than any governor in America?” the narrator then says.

Two children then ask, “Where?” 

“Where did the money go” To Scott Walker’s friends,” the narrator says.

“Who?” two children ask.

The narrator says Walker gave his friends half a billion in giveaways.

“Why?” a girl asks.

“That's how things work in Scott Walker's Wisconsin: less for our schools, more for his friends,” the narrator says to close the ad.

-- By JR Ross



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 3:11 PM 

Lost ballots drop Wittwer's total by 40 votes, Bomhack's by 12

The lost ballots in Green County swung the totals in the 17th SD Dem primary by a net of 28 votes in favor of Pat Bomhack, who finished the original count seven votes behind Ernie Wittwer.

Green County discovered it was missing 110 ballots from the city of Monroe that were included in the county canvass but could not be found for the recount that was ordered in the race.

Wittwer's total dropped 40 votes with the missing ballots not included in the recount, while Bomhack lost 12. While the content of the missing ballots is impossible to determine, it appears a significant number of them did not include a vote in the Dem Senate primary.

Clerk Michael Doyle said the board of canvass this afternoon certified its results without the missing ballots.

The results will now be sent to the Government Accountability Board, and some observers are already predicting the race will end up in court to resolve how to handle the missing ballots.

-- By JR Ross


 12:47 PM 

Marquette poll: Burke, Walker again neck-and-neck; Happ with early edge on Schimel

The latest Marquette University Law School poll again found Gov. Scott Walker and Dem rival Mary Burke locked in a tight race.

The poll, conducted Thursday through Sunday, found 47.5 percent of registered voters backed Walker, while 44.1 percent favored Burke. Among likely voters, it was 48.6 percent for Burke and 46.5 percent for Walker.

Poll director Charles Franklin said the differences were well within the margin of error, and the changes over the last two polls statistically insignificant.

In July, registered voters backed Walker 46-45, while likely voters supported Burke 47-46. In May, it was tied among registered voters at 46, while likely voters backed Walker 48-45.

The poll also asked about the race for the open attorney general's office. It found both Dem candidate Susan Happ and Republican Brad Schimel were largely still unknown to the electorate. In the head-to-head match up, their party affiliations were added in when the question was posed to respondents.

That found 40 percent of registered voters favored Happ, who won the Dem primary a little more than a week before the poll went into the field. Thirty-three percent backed Schimel, while 24 percent were undecided or didn't know.

Among likely voters, 42 percent backed Happ, while 32 percent supported Schimel.

The survey interviewed 815 registered voters both through land lines and cell phones. That sample size had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The poll included 609 likely voters, and that margin of error was plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

The partisan breakdown of registered voters included 27 percent Republicans, 31 percent Dems and 38 percent registered voters. That's in line with the average of the 23 statewide polls Marquette has conducted.

Among likely voters, it was 28 percent Republican, 34 percent Dem.

-- By JR Ross


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 7:57 PM 

Green County can't find 110 ballots, may swing race in Bomhack's favor

Green County Clerk Michael Doyle said election officials have been unable to track down 110 missing ballots in the 17th SD Dem primary and he will have to certify final results for the county without them.

That could swing the race in favor of Pat Bomhack, who finished the county canvass seven votes behind Ernie Wittwer for the party nomination.

The missing ballots are from Monroe, where the county canvass had Wittwer beating Bomhack 523-337. Doyle said he did not have exact numbers from the recount available tonight. But the missing 110 ballots favored Wittwer by a similar proportion and he will be impacted more by losing them from the final count, Doyle said.

Doyle said the Monroe Police chief and a detective helped him search City Hall today and interview poll workers, but no signs of the missing ballots were found.

"I can't count them. I don't have them, so I don't know what to do," he said. "We counted the ballots we did have, and we'll certify the results we did obtain with the ballots we have."

Doyle said the Board of Canvass will convene at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to certify the recount results.

-- By JR Ross


 12:44 PM 

More than 100 ballots missing in 17th SD Dem primary recount

Green County officials told the GAB they were short more than 100 ballots the city of Monroe counted on its canvass compared to what was in the ballot bag when it was opened for the recount in the 17th SD Dem primary, which was decided by just seven votes.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney said Green County was trying to reconcile the discrepancy, and the agency is advising local election officials.

Pat Bomhack requested the recount after the county canvass had him seven votes behind Ernie Wittwer for the Dem nomination.

"At this point, we’re advising them on making a proper record on how to do a thorough investigation of what happened," Magney said.

Green County Clerk Michael Doyle issued a statement today that the Board of Canvass had not yet certified the final results because 110 ballots from Monroe were "not available to the Board of Canvass for tabulation."

“The board is currently working with the Government Accountability Board for direction as to how to proceed with the certification," he said.

It was unclear early this afternoon when the Green County Board of Canvass would reconvene, according to the clerk's office.

UPDATE: The clerk's office sent out a notice that the Board of Canvass was to reconvene at 2:30 p.m. The agenda included reconvening "for the purpose of interviewing poll workers and city staff regarding the partisan primary."

-- By JR Ross


 12:40 PM 

Recount confirms Edming win in 87th AD

A recount has confirmed James Edming's win in the 87th AD GOP primary, according to the GAB.

The recount put Edming at 1,452 votes, while Michael Bub, who requested the recount, finsihed with 1,433 votes. Edming picked up one vote in the recount, while Bub lost one, putting Edming's final margin of victory at 19 votes.

The Government Accountability Board will certify the results in five business days unless there is a court appeal.

-- By JR Ross


Monday, August 25, 2014

 10:53 AM 

Walker again talks up job numbers in latest TV ad

In his latest TV ad, Gov. Scott Walker touts new monthly job numbers he says show Wisconsin is third in the Midwest in jobs growth over the last year.

The ad features Walker speaking directly into the camera in an office-like setting as he rattles off the list of Midwest states Wisconsin is ahead of job growth on, according to the July 2014 BLS Current Economic Survey.

Dem rival Mary Burke and other Walker opponents have been knocking the guv for another set of BLS numbers that show the state last in the Midwest for job growth.

“Our opponent can try and mislead you and criticize the 'Wisconsin comeback,' but that doesn’t change the fact that we’re moving Wisconsin forward,” Walker says. “We won’t stop until everyone who wants a job, can find a job.”

The spot is the second new ad Walker has released in as many days and he's put out three new ones over the past week.

-- By David Wise



Sunday, August 24, 2014

 12:46 PM 

Walker says in new TV ad he made jobs pledge because state 'can do great things'

Gov. Scott Walker, who’s been regularly criticized by Dems for falling short of his pledge to create 250,000 new jobs in his first term, says in his new TV ad he made the promise “because I know Wisconsin can do great things.”

Most of the 60-second spot features Walker talking directly into the camera. He opens by noting the state lost 133,000 jobs before he took office and now “even Lambeau Field couldn’t hold the more than 100,000 people who have gotten” one since.

He says the state is No. 1 in the Midwest for personal income growth and has the lowest unemployment rate since 2008.

“We set big goals. We met most of them. And we’re not done yet,” Walker says.

He says he eliminated a $3.6 billion budget deficit, lowered property and income taxes, and froze UW tuition “to make college more affordable for students and working families.”

“Now, our opponent can criticize Wisconsin’s comeback, but that won’t change the fact that we’re moving Wisconsin forward,” Walker says to close the spot. “And we won’t stop until everyone who wants a job, can find a job.”

-- By JR Ross



Friday, August 22, 2014

 3:27 PM 

Bomhack requests recount in the 17th SD

Pat Bomhack has requested a recount in the 17th SD Dem primary after coming up seven votes short of Ernie Wittwer.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney said Bomhack contacted the GAB this afternoon to request the recount.

GAB officials have said if Bomhack requested a recount by today's 5 p.m. deadline, it would begin Monday and would have to be completed within 13 days of the order.

UPDATE: Bomhack said in a statement, "“In the recent primary election for State Senate District 17, the county canvass results show a margin of seven votes, making this one of the closest state senate elections in decades. To ensure that each person who voted has their vote counted properly, I have submitted a request for a recount. Based upon conversations with the county clerks and Government Accountability Board, I am hopeful that this process will be concluded shortly and produce a final result in a matter of days.”

Wittwer responded to Bomhack's request, "The election was very close. The loser has every right to a recount. I fully expect the final recount to support the conclusion of the certified vote. I also hope that the process is completed quickly so that it does not detract from the larger task of defeating my Tea Party opponent. In the meantime, I am continuing my campaign as though I had won by a thousand votes."

-- By JR Ross


 2:33 PM 

Leibham won't seek recount in 6th CD GOP race

Joe Leibham announced this afternoon he will not seek a recount in the 6th CD GOP primary.

The county canvass gave Glenn Grothman a 219-vote lead, and Leibham said he has contacted Grothman to wish him well.

“I am humbled to have been a candidate for the 6th District and I am proud of the positive campaign we conducted,” Leibham said. “I value the confidence expressed in me by so many voters and truly appreciate the tremendous support offered by so many dedicated volunteers and friends over the past four months.”

UPDATE: Grothman said he is grateful that Leibham did not request a recount. "As I said last week, I think all of the candidates in this race ran campaigns to be proud of. We discussed pressing, important issues that our country is facing right now and the need for urgent action in Congress." 

-- By JR Ross


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