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Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke facing big outside money in primary election

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - It's not often that a county sheriff's election attracts big outside money, but that's what Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke is facing Tuesday.

The left-leaning Greater Wisconsin Committee and groups funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have put up around $600,000 for TV and radio ads to try and get Clarke defeated.

The third-term sheriff got into hot water by his critics when he said on radio shows that residents should arm themselves and learn self defense.

Despite his staunch conservative views, Clarke runs with the predominant party in heavily-Democratic Milwaukee. And because primary voters can only choose one party, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson has urged his fellow Republicans to cross over and vote for Clarke.

Clarke is running against Milwaukee Police lieutenant Chris Moews. The winner will take the seat, since there's no GOP opposition on the ballot in November.

According to the Journal Sentinel, Thompson has told supporters that Tuesday is a "defining moment" for the state's most-populated county.

Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader Chris Larson of Milwaukee says Clarke has made a "mockery" of the sheriff's office, and he's in a "fight for his political life" because of it.

Clarke has also gotten support from less-funded groups like the Citizens for Responsible Government.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)