August 11th Primary Election Results
All 8 of Wisconsin’s seats in the US House of Representatives are up for election this fall, there are no US Senate seats up this cycle.
The House Primaries of note were:
1st Congressional District (Cong. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville, incumbent)
Democrat Roger Polack (D-Racine) won the two-way Democratic primary to challenge freshman Republican Congressman Bryan Steil. Polack is a former defense analyst in the Bush and Obama administrations. Polack captured 58% of the vote in the Democratic Primary. Congressman Steil was elected in 2018 with 55% of the vote.
3rd Congressional District (Cong. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, incumbent)
Republican Derrick Van Orden (R-Hager City) won a two-way Republican Primary to challenge 12-term congressman Ron Kind. Van Orden is a retired former Navy Seal, actor and business consultant. Kind won re-election in 2018 with 60% of the vote.
5th Congressional District (Cong. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, retiring)
Long-time Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who was been endorsed by Cong. Sensenbrenner, won the Republican Primary with nearly 80% of the vote (78%). Fitzgerald will face Sensenbrenner’s 2018 Democratic opponent Tom Palzewicz, whom Sensenbrenner defeated with 62% of the vote.
6th Congressional District (Cong. Glenn Grothman, R-Campbellsport, incumbent)
Democrat Jessica King (D-Oshkosh), an attorney and former State Senator and Oshkosh City Council member, easily won a three-way Democratic Primary with 75% of the vote to challenge three-term Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport). Grothman was re-elected in 2018 with 56% of the vote.
State Senate Races
16 of Wisconsin’s 33 State Senate seats are up for re-election in 2020, the even-numbered seats.
Primaries of note were in the following seats:
6th Senate District (Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee, incumbent)
State Senator LaTonya Johnson easily held off a challenge in the Democratic Primary by Michelle Bryant (D-Milwaukee), who is the Chief of Staff to State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). Johnson captured 77% of the vote.
10th Senate District (Sen. Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, incumbent)
Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) captured 66% of the vote in the Republican Primary versus Cherie Link (R-Somerset). Stafsholt was first elected to the State Assembly in 2016 and re-elected since. He is a farmer and owner of multiple small businesses. Stafsholt will now face incumbent State Senator Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset in the general election. Schachtner won a Special Election with 55% of the vote to succeed Republican Sheila Harsdorf who resigned her to seat to become former Governor Scott Walker’s Agriculture Secretary.
14th Senate District (Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, not seeking re-election)
Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) won her Republican Primary with 69% of the vote for the opportunity to succeed retiring Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). Ballweg was first elected to the State Assembly in 2010, and has been re-elected since. Ballweg and her husband own a John Deere farming implement dealership. Ballweg will face Democrat Joni Anderson on the November ballot. Anderson worked at an auto-parts manufacturing plant and was a member of the UE Local 1107 leadership.
16th Senate District (Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona, not seeking re-election)
Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) won the two-way Democratic primary to succeed retiring Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona). Sargent is a former member of the Dane County Board and has served in the State Assembly since her first election in 2012. Sargent captured 77% of the vote in the Primary.
26th Senate District (Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, not seeking re-election)
Kelda Helen Roys won the 8-way Democratic Primary to be the first person to first represent what is now the 26th Senate District not named Fred Risser since 1962. Roys is a former member of the State Assembly and unsuccessful candidate for Governor. She captured 40% of the vote in the Primary.
28th Senate District (Sen. David Craig, R-Big Bend, not seeking re-election)
Republican Julian Bradley captured 43% of the vote in a five-way Republican Primary for the opportunity to succeed Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend) in the 26th Senate Distirct. Bradley will face Franklin entrepreneur and business owner Adam Murphy. Craig was unopposed in his 2016 State Senate election.
30th Senate District (Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, not seeking re-election)
Democrat Jonathon Hansen, the nephew of Sen. Hansen, a member of the DePere City Council and a mortgage lender for a community bank, won the Democratic Primary in the 30th Senate District with 62% of the vote. Hansen will face Republican Eric Wimberger, an attorney and former candidate for the 30th SD. Wimberger lost to Sen. Hansen in 2016, 49% to 51%.
32nd Senate District (Open Seat, Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, resigned her seat)
Democrat Brad Pfaff won the Democratic Primary to succeed Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) with 63% of the vote. Pfaff previously ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate in 2004. He has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Cong. Ron Kind, Executive Director of US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency and as Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection until his confirmation was voted down by the Wisconsin State Senate. Pfaff will face Republican Dan Kapanke, a former state senator and baseball team owner in La Crosse. Kapanke previously represented the 32nd Senate District from 2004 to 2011 when he lost a recall election during the height of the Act 10 Recall races to Jennifer Shilling. This race is a rematch of the 2004 Senate race where Kapanke defeated Pfaff by 5%.
State Assembly Races
All 99 State Assembly seats are up for re-election in 2020.
Primaries of note were in the following seats:
8th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council)
Democrat JoAnna Bautch narrowly won her Democratic Primary to succeed her sister Rep. Zamarripa in representing the 8th Assembly District. Bautch is a director with Citizen Action Wisconsin and a community organizer with the Reproductive Justice Collective. The current margin is 18 votes.
9th Assembly District (Rep. State Rep. Marisabel Cabrera, D-Milwaukee, incumbent).
Rep. Cabrera was successful in staving off a Democratic Primary challenge, capturing 58% of the vote. Cabrerra is an immigration rights attorney and former chair of the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission.
11th Assembly District (Rep. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee, not seeking re-election)
Dora Drake won the four-way Democrats to succeed retiring Rep. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee. Drake is a member service coordinator at the Center for Self Sufficiency where she provides re-entry services to support those re-entering society. Drake captured 47% of the vote.
14th Assembly District (Rep. Robyn Vining, D-Wauwatosa, incumbent)
Republican Bonnie Lee will be the candidate to challenge freshman Democrat Rep. Robyn Vining. Vining was the only Democrat to win a previously held Republican seat in 2018. Lee is the director of outreach ministry at Northwest Baptist church and was endorsed by Sen. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, who formerly represented the 14th AD. Lee captured 80% of the Primary vote.
17th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. David Crowley, D-Milwaukee, was elected Milwaukee County Executive)
Supreme Moore Omokunde captured 56% of the vote in the Democratic Primary to succeed County Executive David Crowley; Omokunde is a Milwaukee County Board Supervisor and son of Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
29th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond, is running for the State Senate)
Clint Moses won the Republican Primary to succeed Rep. Rob Stafsholt, R-New Richmond. Moses is a chiropractor and school board member. Moses will face Democrat John Calabrese. Calabrese previously ran for the State Senate and State Assembly, losing to Stafsholt in 2018 43% to 55%.
35th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, is running for the State Senate)
Calvin Callahan won the two-way Republican Primary to succeed Rep. Mary Felzkowski who is running for the State Senate. Callahan is a Lincoln County Board Supervisor and the owner of Callahan Wholesale. Callahan will face Democrat Tyler Ruprecht on the November ballot.
41st Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, is running for the State Senate)
Republican Alex Dallman captured nearly 50% of the vote in a four-way Republican Primary to succeed Rep. Ballweg as the Republican nominee for the 41st. Dallman is a long-time staffer to Congressman Glenn Grothman, R-Campbellsport. Dallman will face Democrat Nate Zimdars, a production line worker at Saputo Chees in Alto, WI.
48th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, is running for the State Senate)
Madison Alder Samba Baldeh won a competitive four-way Democratic Primary with nearly 50% of the vote to succeed Rep. Sargent in representing the 48th AD. Baldeh is the former President of the Madison Common Council and an IT Project Manager at American Family Insurance.
55th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, not seeking re-election)
Rachael Cabral-Guevara won the three-way Republican Primary for the opportunity to succeed retiring Rep.Mike Rohrkaste with nearly 60% of the vote. Cabral-Guevara is is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber. Cabral-Guevara will face Democrat Dan Schierl on the November ballot. Schierl is a retired worker at a local plastic manufacturing plan.
69th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Bob Kulp, R-Stratford, not seeking re-election)
Republican Donna Rozar captured 53% of the vote in the Republican Primary to succeed Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford). Rozar is medical-surgical RN in the cardiac unit at Marshfield Clinic Hospital and a Wood County supervisor. Rozar will face Democrat Brian Giles.
76th Assembly District (Open Seat, Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, not seeking re-election)
Francesca Hong won the seven-way Democratic Primary with 27% of the vote to succeed Rep. Chris Taylor in representing the very Democratic 76th Assembly District covering downtown Madison. Hong is the co-owner of Morris Ramen Restaurant and co-founder of the Culinary Ladies Collective and Cook It Forward.
90th Assembly District (Rep. Staush Gruszynski, D-Green Bay, incumbent)
Kristina Shelton, D-Green Bay, defeated incumbent Rep. Gruszynski in the Democratic Primary with nearly 80% of the vote. Gruszynski, was forced out of the Assembly Democratic caucus after he sexually harassed a Capitol staffer, and the Democratic campaign committee supported the campaign of Shelton. Shelton is a Green Bay School Board member and a program director at the YWCA of Greater Green Bay. Gruszynski was first elected to the State Assembly in 2018, and previously served on the Brown County board and worked at an environmental nonprofit.