There are lots of bad people in Wisconsin. Newly-elected Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman credited his victory to the "good people" of Wisconsin. Some 391, 549 people voted for Louis Butler. Hmmmm.
Don't take those signatures for granted. Incumbent County Supervisor James White, having failed to get enough valid signature on his nomination papers, was ousted by a write-in candidate, Theo Lipscomb, by 10 percentage points.
Never assume. County Supervisor Lynne DeBruin, who trounced her two opponents in the February primary, pulled out a squeaker in the general election, winning by a 51% - 49% margin over her conservative challenger, Dan Wycklendt. Her margin of victory was a mere 170 votes, according to JS vote totals.
There was a dramatic drop in turnout between the primary and general elections in both Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. (DeBruin won in both communities in February, but lost in Tosa yesterday.)
Theory 1: A lot of DeBruin supporters grew complacent by the size over her February primary victory and stayed home yesterday.
Theory 2: The February primary drew a disproportionate share of Democrats because of the Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama primary, and those Democrats voted for either DeBruin or progressive candidate Dan Cody. With no strong big-time Democratic attraction yesterday, the 15th supervisory district reverted to its true divided self boosting the vote percentage Wycklendt was able to pull in.
Murphy's the man. Incumbent Ald. Michael Murphy whipped his opponent, Richard Geldon, 5,649 to 1,236. Go, Michael, go.
Run hard from the start. Scott Walker won again, but he was vulnerable, as demonstrated by the 41% of the vote State Sen. Lena Taylor managed to garner after running a race that didn't seem to really gear up until the very end, when it was too late.