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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke wins tough primary challenge

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee's controversial sheriff will most likely spend another four years in office.

David Clarke got 52 percent of the vote Tuesday over Milwaukee Police lieutenant Chris Moews, with almost 115,000 votes cast.

Clarke has no Republican challenger in November, and only independent Angela Walker is on the ballot.  

Clarke attracted national attention when he said residents should not rely on law enforcement to ward off criminals -- and they should learn how to use firearms to protect themselves. It brought in campaign money from the National Rifle Association.

The left-leaning Greater Wisconsin Committee and a group headed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg later kicked in a total of almost $600,000. The NRA made a last minute contribution of $30,000 to Clarke -- who said the people spoke above the din of special interests and political parties.

He said support from conservative talk radio also helped.

Despite his conservative views, Clarke runs with the predominant Democratic Party in Milwaukee. He was appointed as sheriff in 2002, and has been elected three times since.

Numerous primaries for sheriffs and other county offices were held throughout Wisconsin Tuesday.

In Portage County, Mike Lucas won the Democratic bid for sheriff. With no Republican running, Lucas is expected to replace John Charewitz, who's stepping down after 12 years in office. He endorsed Kevin Sorenson for the post, but he finished second in the voting.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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