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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 11:53 PM 

Final candidates emerge in key Assembly races

Today's primaries have finalized the field in some of the key Assembly races this fall.

In the 1st AD, large animal vet Joel Kitchens won the GOP nomination with 44 percent of the vote. Dentist Paul Feit was next with 28 percent. Kitchens will now face Joe Majeski in the swing seat representing the Door County area.

In southwestern Wisconsin’s 51st AD, Todd Novak won the GOP primary with 45 percent of the vote and 93 percent of precincts in. Insiders believed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos recruited the openly gay Dodgeville mayor for the seat, believing a moderate candidate would be the GOP’s best chance to hold onto the Dem-leaning seat. Novak will face Dem Dick Cates in November.

In northcentral Wisconsin’s 72nd AD, attorney Dana Duncan won the Dem nomination with 66 percent of the vote and 79 percent of precincts in. Dems view this seat as one of their top pickup opportunities against GOP Rep. Scott Krug. Some Madison Dems were worried Duncan wasn’t doing enough early on, and Tom Rayome was a late entry.

In northern Wisconsin’s 75th, former Rice Lake Mayor Romaine Quinn won the GOP nomination with 68 percent of the vote and 71 percent of precincts in. He will face Dem Rep. Stephen Smith of Shell Lake in one of the GOP’s top targets this fall.

-- By JR Ross


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