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Bewley, Wanggaard and 3 incumbents all victorious in Legislative primaries

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Three Wisconsin legislative incumbents survived primary challenges Tuesday.

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos had no problem defeating Bryn Biemeck 89 to 11 percent in their Racine County contest.

Milwaukee Democrat JoCasta Zamarripa got 61 percent of the vote in her primary. And Milwaukee Representative Leon Young had 63 percent over his challenger.  

A key state Senate race was virtually tied during the night. Democrats Ernie Wittwer and Pat Bomhack were just 2 votes apart in a southwest Wisconsin primary with 7,600 votes cast.

Wittwer, a former DOT official, had a slight two-vote lead over ex-Russ Feingold aide Bomhack. The eventual winner will face Assembly Republican Howard Marklein in November for a Senate post in a moderate Richland Center region where Dale Schultz is retiring.

Democrats would need to gain that seat and one other this fall, in order to take back control of the Senate and split legislative power with an Assembly that's expected to stay Republican.

Former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan failed to make a political comeback, finishing last in a Democratic Senate primary. Assembly Democrat Janis Ringhand won that contest with 40 percent of the vote, giving her a chance to replace the retiring Tim Cullen.

Another Assembly Democrat, Janet Bewley of Ashland, easily won a three-way primary for the Senate seat given up by veteran Bob Jauch of Poplar.

Former Senate Republican Van Wanggaard of Racine has a chance to win his old job back, after winning his primary with 71 percent of the vote.

And Tiffany Koehler of Slinger failed to become the first African-American woman ever to represent the GOP in the Legislature. She got 28 percent of the vote, losing to Bob Gannon in a three-way primary.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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