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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Bowen, Brostoff win Milwaukee Assembly primaries

Dems David Bowen and Jonathan Brostoff won their primaries for Assembly seats representing the city of Milwaukee in two of the most high-profile races in the chamber.

Bowen, a Milwaukee County supervisor, will be heavily favored to succeed Assembly Minority Leader Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood. Pasch, who is caucasian, moved into the district, which has a significant African-American population, following redistricting and that 2010 race featured some racial undertones. Bowen had 55 percent of the vote with 72 percent of precincts in. Tia Torhorst, who previously worked for Milwaukee County Exec Chris Abele, was next with 22 percent.

In the 19th, Brostoff touted his endorsements from progressives, including Pasch, in the lead up to the race. With all precincts in, he best County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic 2,737 votes to 2,547.

A pair of Dem incumbents also beat back primary challenges. Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa won 62 percent of the vote in the 8th AD, while Rep. Leon Young had 63 percent of the vote with 68 percent of precincts in. 

On the GOP sides, Molly McGartland won the party's nomination in the 20th AD on the city's south side. McGartland has already lost twice to Dem Rep. Christine Sinicki, who has been hit with a series of negative headlines in recent months over her finances. Republicans went into Tuesday believing they would have a better chance against Sinicki in the Dem-leaning seat if Mike Pierce emerged. But McGartland edged him 409-381 with all precincts reporting.

-- By JR Ross


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