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Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Overview: Six Dem recall candidates top Barrett's 2010 vote totals

Dem recall candidates in six of the nine races pulled in more votes this summer than their party’s guv nominee did last fall, while Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls was the only GOP candidate to eclipse Scott Walker’s numbers from November.

What’s more, the drop-off for the GOP candidates was often fairly severe, according to a WisPolitics comparison of returns.

The eight GOP candidates who pulled fewer voters than Walker in their districts saw an average drop off of 9,106 votes. That number was skewed somewhat because of the candidacy of David VanderLeest, who received 18,602 fewer votes in the 30th SD than Walker did.

But even with that race pulled out of the equation, the other seven Republicans lost an average of 7,749 votes compared to Walker.

Harsdorf, meanwhile, pulled 463 more votes than Walker, while Dem Shelly Moore received 2,160 more votes than Dem Tom Barrett did last fall.

On the Dem side, Nancy Nusbaum in the 2nd SD, Rep. Sandy Pasch in the 8th and Sen. Dave Hansen in the 30th pulled fewer votes than Barrett. The other six received an average of 2,128 more votes than the Milwaukee mayor.

See a race-by-race comparison of vote totals from the fall guv race and this summer’s recall elections

Editor's note: This post has been edited to correct the average drop off for the GOP candidates compared to Walker's totals.

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