Wisconsin state elections, 2008

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The Wisconsin spring nonpartisan general election was held April 1, 2008. Voters statewide cast ballots for Wisconsin Supreme Court and an amendment to the state Constitution.

The Wisconsin fall partisan primary was held on September 9, 2008. Voters selected the parties' candidates for the subsequent fall general election.

The Wisconsin fall partisan general election was held on November 4, 2008, the same date as the as Federal and Congressional elections. Offices elected include half of the state's Senate seats and all of the state's Assembly seats.[1]

Spring nonpartisan election[edit]

Judge Michael Gableman was elected with 51% of the vote, defeating incumbent Justice Louis Butler with 49% of the vote.[2] The heavy spending of outside interest groups in this race, including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce,[3] has inspired some to call for reforms to Wisconsin election law and the selection of judges.[4] The ascendancy of Michael Gabelman to the bench tilts the Court in a more conservative direction.[5]

By a margin greater than 2-1, voters chose to amend the state's Constitution.[6]

"Partial veto. Shall section 10(1)(c) of article V of the constitution be amended to prohibit the governor, in exercising his or her partial veto authority, from creating a new sentence by combining parts of two or more sentences of the enrolled bill?"

The amendment is intended to reduce the veto power of the Governor which has been historically used by governors of all parties to rework legislation.[7]

Fall partisan election[edit]

Voters in Wisconsin in this election cycle cast ballots for many state legislators. Senators from even-numbered districts and all assemblymen were up for election.

Senate contests[edit]

Senate Democrats expanded the controlling majority they gained from the Republicans in the previous election cycle.

Wisconsin Senate Elections[8]
District Incumbent
2004 Vote[9]
2008 Status Democratic Republican Libertarian Independent Winner
2008 Vote[10]
SD-2 Robert Cowles
89.13%
Re-election Robert Cowles Robert Cowles
100%*
SD-4 Lena Taylor
99.16%
Re-election Lena Taylor (cw) Lena Taylor
100%*
SD-6 Spencer Coggs
99.15%
Re-election Spencer Coggs
Nicholas E Cosey
Spencer Coggs
100%*
SD-8 Alberta Darling
56.94%
Re-election Sheldon Wasserman (cw) Alberta Darling (cw) Alberta Darling
51%*
SD-10 Sheila Harsdorf
59.21%
Re-election Alison Page (cw) Sheila Harsdorf (cw) Sheila Harsdorf
56%*
SD-12 Roger Breske
53.47%
Open Jim Holperin (cw) Tom Tiffany (cw) Jim Holperin
51%*
SD-14 Luther Olsen
99.35%
Re-election Luther Olsen Luther Olsen
100%*
SD-16 Mark Miller
60.04%
Re-election Mark Miller (cw) Mark Miller
100%*
SD-18 Carol Roessler
98.60%
Open[11] Jessica King (cw) Michael Brooks
Randy Hopper (cw)
Tim Lakin (cw)
Jake Wesenberg Randy Hopper
50%*
SD-20 Glenn Grothman
99.15%
Re-election Glenn Grothman
Jarrett John Wiesolek
Clyde Winter (cw) Glenn Grothman
80%*
SD-22 Robert Wirch
52.11%
Re-election Robert Wirch (cw) Ben Bakke (cw) Robert Wirch
67%*
SD-24 Julie Lassa
67.57%
Re-election Julie Lassa Tom Kimmet Julie Lassa
68%*
SD-26 Fred Risser
80.81%
Re-election Fred Risser Dennis deNure (cw) Fred Risser
100%*
SD-28 Mary Lazich
99.27%
Re-election Paul Scheuble Mary Lazich Mary Lazich
100%*
SD-30 Dave Hansen
54.55%
Re-election Dave Hansen (cw) Chad M. Fradette (cw) Dave Hansen
66%*
SD-33 Dan Kapanke
52.56%
Re-election Tara Johnson (cw) Dan Kapanke (cw) Dan Kapanke
51%*

Candidates listed in bold are their party's nominee for the seat. Candidates with a strike have not submitted adequate nomination documents to appear on the 2008 primary and general election ballots by the July 8th deadline. Candidates not submitting adequate nomination documents may still run write-in candidacies.

† This race is yet subject to a recount. * Results are AP election night reports not yet certified by the elections board.

Assembly contests[edit]

Assembly Republicans failed to defend their control of the house with Democrats taking the majority in the chamber for the first time in 14 years.

Wisconsin Assembly Elections[8]
District Incumbent
2006 Vote[12][13]
2008 Status Democratic Republican Libertarian Independent Winner
2008 Vote[14]
AD-1 Garey Bies
53.56%
Re-election Chris Baeb (cw)
Dick Skare (cw)
Garey Bies Garey Bies
51%*
AD-2 Frank Lasee
89.30%
Re-election Lee Brocher (cw)
Kevin Garthwaite (cw)
Ted Zigmunt (cw)
Frank Lasee Ted Zigmunt
52%*
AD-3 Al Ott
59.30%
Re-election Justin Krueger Al Ott Al Ott
58%*
AD-4 Phil Montgomery
55.96%
Re-election Sam Dunlop (cw) Phil Montgomery (cw) Phil Montgomery
53%*
AD-5 Tom Nelson
62.29%
Re-election Tom Nelson (cw) Jim Steineke (cw) Tom Nelson
64%*
AD-6 Gary Tauchen
60.33%
Re-election John Powers Gary Tauchen (cw) Gary Tauchen
55%*
AD-7 Peggy Krusick
98.90%
Re-election Peggy Krusick Corrine Wiesmueller (cw) Brad Sponholz Peggy Krusick
60%*
AD-8 Pedro Colón
98.76%
Re-election Pedro Colón (cw)
José Guzman
Laura Manriquez
Pedro Colón
100%*
AD-9 Josh Zepnick
98.48%
Re-election Josh Zepnick Josh Zepnick
100%*
AD-10 Annette "Polly" Williams
99.06%
Re-election Charisha Allen
Annette "Polly" Williams
Annette "Polly" Williams
100%*
AD-11 Jason Fields
99.42%
Re-election Jason Fields
Deon Price
Jason Fields
100%*
AD-12 Fred Kessler
98.76%
Re-election Fred Kessler Fred Kessler
100%*
AD-13 David Cullen
64.34%
Re-election David Cullen Matthew Pietz David Cullen
100%*
AD-14 Leah Vukmir
61.64%
Re-election Dave Hucke (cw) Leah Vukmir (cw) Leah Vukmir
62%*
AD-15 Tony Staskunas
97.31%
Re-election Josh Hoisington
Tony Staskunas
Davd Nickel Tony Staskunas
61%*
AD-16 Leon Young
98.66%
Re-election Richard M Badger (cw)
David D. King
Andrew Parker (cw)
Leon Young
Leon Young
100%*
AD-17 Barbara Toles
90.90%
Re-election Samantha Bady
Barbara Toles
Barbara Toles
100%*
AD-18 Tamara Grigsby
98.68%
Re-election Tamara Grigsby Tamara Grigsby
100%*
AD-19 Jon Richards
98.38%
Re-election Jon Richards Jon Richards
100%*
AD-20 Christine Sinicki
98.36%
Re-election Phillip Landowski (cw)
Christine Sinicki (cw)
Steven Sutherland
Christine Sinicki
100%*
AD-21 Mark R. Honadel
98.02%
Re-election Glen Brower (cw)
Justine Kozanoglu
Mark R. Honadel (cw) Mark R. Honadel
53%*
AD-22 Sheldon Wasserman
98.70%
Open Andy Feldman (cw)
Guy Johnson (cw)
Dan Kohl (cw)
Sandra Pasch (cw)
Rosemary Ponik
Yash P. Wadhwa (cw) Sandra Pasch
67%*
AD-23 Jim Ott
56.09%
Re-election Rene Settle-Robinson Jim Ott (cw) Jim Ott
58%*
AD-24 Suzanne Jeskewitz
99.23%
Open Charlene S. Brady (cw)
Torrey Lauer (cw)
Dan Knodl (cw)
Jason LaSage (cw)
Randall Melchert (cw)
Michael Moscicke (cw)
Dan Knodl
62%*
AD-25 Bob Ziegelbauer
54.00%
Re-election Bob Ziegelbauer Bob Ziegelbauer
100%*
AD-26 Terry Van Akkeren
72.17%
Re-election Terry Van Akkeren Job Hou-Seye
Alex Pieper
Colin R. Nelson Terry Van Akkeren
65%*
AD-27 Steve Kestell
99.62%
Re-election Bob Cox Steve Kestell Steve Kestell
66%*
AD-28 Ann Hraychuck
50.74%
Re-election Ann Hraychuck (cw) Kent Muschinske (cw)
Lauren Stephens (cw)
Ann Hraychuck
55%*
AD-29 John Murtha
51.58%
Re-election Chris Buckel (cw)
L. John Peters (cw)
John Murtha Craig Mohn John Murtha
53%*
AD-30 Kitty Rhoades
57.40%
Re-election Sarah Bruch (cw) Bob Hughes
Kitty Rhoades (cw)
Kitty Rhoades
55%*
AD-31 Steve Nass
63.99%
Re-election Frank Urban (cw) Steve Nass Steve Nass
67%*
AD-32 Thomas A. Lothian
53.63%
Re-election Doug A. Harrod (cw) Thomas A. Lothian John K. Finley Thomas A. Lothian
52%*
AD-33 Scott Newcomer
71.63%
Re-election Scott Newcomer (cw) Scott Newcomer
100%*
AD-34 Dan Meyer
56.03%
Re-election Paul Tubbs (cw) Dan Meyer Dan Meyer
50%*
AD-35 Donald Friske
98.98%
Re-election Jay Schmelling (cw) Donald Friske (cw) Donald Friske
57%*
AD-36 Jeffrey L. Mursau
54.13%
Re-election James Crawford
Stan Gruszynski (cw)
Jeffrey L. Mursau Jeffrey L. Mursau
52%*
AD-37 Andy Jorgensen
50.17%
Re-election Andy Jorgensen (cw) Kent Donald Koebke (cw)
Tom Luetzow
Brian A. Peters (cw)
Andy Jorgensen
59%*
AD-38 Joel Kleefisch
66.51%
Re-election Richard Pas Joel Kleefisch (cw) Joel Kleefisch
66%*
AD-39 Jeff Fitzgerald
62.46%
Re-election Aaron Onsrud (cw) Jeff Fitzgerald (cw) Jeff Fitzgerald
60%*
AD-40 Kevin Petersen
52.63%
Re-election Kevin Kuehl (cw) Kevin Petersen Kevin Petersen
58%*
AD-41 Joan Ballweg
64.50%
Re-election Scott Milheiser (cw) Joan Ballweg (cw) Joan Ballweg
63%*
AD-42 J.A. Hines
53.50%
Re-election Fred Clark (cw) J.A. Hines Fred Clark
58%*
AD-43 Kim Hixson
50.02%
Re-election Kim Hixson (cw) Debi Towns (cw) Kim Hixson
51%*
AD-44 Mike Sheridan
69.30%
Re-election Mike Sheridan (cw) Mike Sheridan
100%*
AD-45 Chuck Benedict
99.11%
Re-election Chuck Benedict Mike Hahn (cw) Chuck Benedict
60%*
AD-46 Gary Hebl
99.06%
Re-election Gary Hebl Kathy Maves
Spencer Zimmerman
Gary Hebl
66%*
AD-47 Eugene Hahn
50.29%
Open Paul Fisk (cw)
Trish O'Neil (cw)
John Keating
Tim McCumber (cw)
Steven Pate (cw)
Keith Ripp (cw)
Erich Ruth (cw)
Dennis E. Hruby (cw) Keith Ripp
48%*
AD-48 Joseph Parisi
75.56%
Re-election Joseph Parisi Joseph Parisi
100%*
AD-49 Phil Garthwaite
51.20%
Re-election Phil Garthwaite (cw) Kathy Kopp
David Kuhle (cw)
Dennis Lundell (cw)
Travis T Tranel (cw)
Phil Garthwaite
54%*
AD-50 Sheryl Albers
56.94%
Open Tom Crofton (cw)
Darryl Teske (cw)
Todd R. Allbaugh
Ed Brooks
Craig L. Buswell
Anthony Carver
Ed Brooks
56%*
AD-51 Steve Hilgenberg
53.26%
Re-election Steve Hilgenberg Nathan R Russell (cw) Steve Hilgenberg
57%*
AD-52 John Townsend
99.35%
Re-election Jerry Keifenheim Scott Matthew
John Townsend (cw)
John Townsend
58%*
AD-53 Carol Owens
98.24%
Open Jeff Mann (cw) Jacob Burns
Mike Christianson
Mike Hatch
Richard J. Spanbauer
Cecil Streeter (cw)
Richard Spanbauer
63%*
AD-54 Gordon Hintz
62.12%
Re-election Gordon Hintz (cw) Mark Reiff (cw) Gordon Hintz
66%*
AD-55 Dean Kaufert
51.99%
Re-election Mark Westphal (cw) Dean Kaufert Dean Kaufert
54%*
AD-56 Roger Roth
59.04%
Re-election Susan Garcia Franz Roger Roth Roger Roth
60%*
AD-57 Steve Wieckert
53.17%
Open Penny Bernard Schaber (cw) Jo Egelhoff (cw)
Peter Stueck (cw)
Penny Bernard Schaber
57%*
AD-58 Patricia Strachota
99.41%
Re-election Patricia Strachota Greg Dombro Patricia Strachota
83%*
AD-59 Daniel LeMahieu
99.54%
Re-election Daniel LeMahieu
Karl McCarty
Daniel LeMahieu
100%*
AD-60 Mark Gottlieb
99.14%
Re-election Perry Duman (cw) Mark Gottlieb (cw) Mark Gottlieb
70%*
AD-61 Robert Turner
99.06%
Re-election Robert Turner George Meyers Robert Turner
88%*
AD-62 Cory Mason
52.37%
Re-election Cory Mason (cw) Keith R. Deschler Cory Mason
85%*
AD-63 Robin Vos
58.16%
Re-election Linda Flashinski (cw) Robin Vos (cw) Robin Vos
62%*
AD-64 James Kreuser
98.67%
Open Peter W. Barca (cw)
Carol J. Fischer
Jim Huff (cw)
Michael Orth (cw)
Jeffery Cassity (cw) Peter Barca
100%*
AD-65 John Steinbrink
96.89%
Re-election John Steinbrink Arthur DeWolf
Alexander J. Tiahnybok (cw)
John Steinbrink
66%*
AD-66 Samantha Kerkman
77.80%
Re-election Mike Orr (cw)
Larry Zamba (cw)
Samantha Kerkman Samantha Kerkman
60%*
AD-67 Jeffrey Wood
54.00%
Re-election Andrew McKenzie Jeffrey Wood Jeffrey Wood
50%*
AD-68 Terry Moulton
51.24%
Re-election Kristen Dexter (cw)
Michael Turner
Terry Moulton Kristen Dexter
50%*
AD-69 Scott Suder
64.32%
Re-election Tim Swiggum (cw) Scott Suder Scott Suder
59%*
AD-70 Amy Sue Vruwink
66.52%
Re-election Amy Sue Vruwink (cw) Dennis Seevers Amy Sue Vruwink
70%*
AD-71 Louis Molepske
70.12%
Re-election Louis Molepske (cw) Daron L. Jensen Louis Molepske
69%*
AD-72 Marlin Schneider
63.27%
Re-election Thad Kubisiak (cw)
Marlin Schneider
Jeff Tyberg Marlin Schneider
62%*
AD-73 Frank Boyle
98.36%
Open Vern Johnson (cw)
Bruce Meyers
Nick Milroy (cw)
Mary Tripp (cw)
Jeffery L. Monaghan (cw) Nick Milroy
81%*
AD-74 Gary Sherman
62.55%
Re-election Alan E. Ralph
Gary Sherman (cw)
Shirl LaBarre Gary Sherman
62%*
AD-75 Mary Hubler
61.61%
Re-election Mary Hubler Mary Hubler
100%*
AD-76 Terese Berceau
99.04%
Re-election Terese Berceau Terese Berceau
100%*
AD-77 Spencer Black
99.13%
Re-election Spencer Black Spencer Black
100%*
AD-78 Mark Pocan
98.84%
Re-election Mark Pocan Mark Pocan
100%*
AD-79 Sondy Pope-Roberts
99.13%
Re-election Sondy Pope-Roberts (cw) Carl Skalitzky Sondy Pope-Roberts
67%*
AD-80 Brett Davis
50.53%
Re-election John Waelti (cw)
Kristin Ann Wisnefske (cw)
Brett Davis (cw) Brett Davis
56%*
AD-81 David Travis
99.41%
Open Eric Englund (cw)
Peng Her (cw)
Tim Kiefer (cw)
John W. Laubmeier
Kelda Helen Roys (cw)
Michael P. Ryan
Justin Sargent (cw)
Kelda Roys
100%*
AD-82 Jeff Stone
98.47%
Re-election Brian Barnstable Jeff Stone Jeff Stone
100%
AD-83 Scott Gunderson
68.57%
Re-election Aaron Scott Robertson (cw) Scott Gunderson Scott Gunderson
73%*
AD-84 Mark Gundrum
98.97%
Re-election Mark Gundrum Mark Gundrum
100%*
AD-85 Donna Seidel
64.55%
Re-election Donna Seidel Jess F. Kufahl (cw) Donna Seidel
64%*
AD-86 Jerry Petrowski
64.21%
Re-election Nate Myszka (cw) Jerry Petrowski Jerry Petrowski
56%*
AD-87 Mary Williams
50.53%
Re-election J. Suzanne Murphy
Judy Reas (cw)
Mary Williams Mary Williams
50%*
AD-88 James Soletski
50.15%
Re-election James Soletski (cw) Tony Theisen (cw) James Soletski
56%*
AD-89 John Nygren
54.10%
Re-election Randy Koehn (cw) John Nygren John Nygren
54%*
AD-90 Karl Van Roy
55.46%
Re-election Lou Ann Weix (cw) Karl Van Roy Karl Van Roy
54%*
AD-91 Barbara Gronemus
69.50%
Open Chris Danou (cw)
Marge Baecker
John Kimmel
Steve Boe
James Kraft
Remy Ceci
Dave Hegenbarth (cw)
David Anderson
Ted Burleson Paul. A. Besseler (cw) Chris Danou
54%*
AD-92 Terry Musser
54.05%
Open Curtis Miller (cw)
Mark Radcliffe (cw)
Dan Hellman (cw) Mark Radcliffe
53%*
AD-93 Jeff Smith
50.62%
Re-election Jeff Smith Darcy Fields
John Schiess
Jeff Smith
59%*
AD-94 Michael Huebsch
57.92%
Re-election Cheryl Hancock (cw) Michael Huebsch Michael Huebsch
54%*
AD-95 Jennifer Shilling
98.44%
Re-election Jennifer Shilling Robert Erickson Jennifer Shilling
100%*
AD-96 Lee Nerison
50.82%
Re-election Dale Klemme (cw) Lee Nerison Lee Nerison
52%*
AD-97 Bill Kramer
55.83%
Re-election Roger Danielsen
Ruth Page Jones (cw)
Steve Schmuki (cw)
Bill Kramer (cw) Thomas J Russ (cw) Bill Kramer
55%*
AD-98 Rich Zipperer
70.98%
Re-election Victor Weers (cw) Rich Zipperer (cw) Rich Zipperer
72%*
AD-99 Don Pridemore
99.52%
Re-election Don Pridemore (cw) Don Pridemore
100%*

Candidates in bold won their primary and are their party's nominee for the indicated seat.[15] Candidates with a strike have not submitted adequate nomination documents to appear on the 2008 primary and general election ballots by the July 8th deadline. Candidates not submitting adequate nomination documents may still run write-in candidacies.

† This race is yet subject to a recount. * Results are AP election night reports not yet certified by the elections board.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, Sections 4 and 5.
  2. ^ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Gableman victorious
  3. ^ Wausau Daily Herald - Report shows special interests dominate Wis. Supreme Court race]
  4. ^ CBS 3 WISC - Some Call For Changes In Supreme Court Races
  5. ^ The Capital Times - Gableman's victory shifts court to right
  6. ^ Wisconsin State Journal - Good riddance to monster veto
  7. ^ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Voters drive stake into 'Frankenstein veto'
  8. ^ a b Wisconsin Government Accountability Board - Candidate Registration
  9. ^ Associated Press - Results of Fall 2008 General Election
  10. ^ Wisconsin State Elections Board - Results of Fall 2004 General Election
  11. ^ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Boyle won't seek re-election
  12. ^ Wisconsin State Elections Board - Results of Fall 2006 General Election
  13. ^ Wisconsin State Elections Board - Results of Fall 2006 Recounts
  14. ^ Associated Press - Results of Fall 2008 General Election
  15. ^ TMJ4 Milwaukee - Election Results