“the turnout is so low some poll workers may be sent home”

Warm up that wallet, Ryan. 😉

Here’s the whole blurb from the MJS.


  1. It’s a slow vote day here in Hopper’s district. My polling place is at the Senior Center, and one of the rewards of voting there is the abundance of baked goods that are sold by the retired ladies on voting day. No bake sale today. Not enough voter traffic expected.

  2. The Lorax says:

    Shorewood has definitely picked up, but not how I’d like it.

    When i went to vote in Glendale, it was packed to the nines, the lines were out the door. This is likely because they only opened one polling location. But still the turnout was high. Lots of talk about how the primary is a joke and ridiculous. Also, about half the people declined to show their ID to the poll worker.

    As an aside, I did not vote today because it turns out my apartment is literally bi-sected by two senate districts, and my bedroom happens to lie in Lena Taylor’s district. They called the election commissioner and everything!

  3. Lorax, if half the people declined to show their ID’s I’d venture a guess that about half of those voting were Republican and half Democrat. Wouldn’t you?

    (Personally? That’s last line if funny stuff. Did you sign a recall petition? Huh? Did you?)

  4. The Lorax says:

    I think your half and half logic is flawed. But maybe you’re just joking. My neighbor who stood in front of me, and is a Democrat, happily supplied her ID.

    I did sign a recall petition, but my guess is my signature was invalidated. They checked and said I voted at the correct location in the last election, so it’s on record. I just don’t remember seeing Lena Taylor or Alberta Darling on the ballot.

  5. Looking at the early returns, it looks like you’ll be buying lunch, Cindy.

  6. Ah, man. At least I get to choose the restaurant. 🙂

  7. You might be off the hook. Isaac Weix is only down by 8% with 70% in. I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s the closest result, by far, but it’s also going to result in the most votes cast, by far (probably over 30,000). Is Harsdorf considered to be in danger?

  8. I’m wondering if the Dem vote means every Dem who will vote in the final voted today. Interesting thought.

  9. I’m sure there are many Democrats who took for granted their candidate would win tonight or simply didn’t know there was a primary. But there are many more folks out there who will vote for the previously-elected Republican but didn’t go out and vote for the last minute throw-in in the primary.

    The only thing I think we really learned tonight is that Harsdorf is probably safer than we thought, given that the protest candidate gave Shelly Moore a pretty good run for her money.

  10. Let me see: my prediction said it wouldn’t matter. Later I think I said somewhere that one of each would turn over. I figured it would be Hopper. 19,562 voted for King. I guess we’ll find out for sure in the next election.

    (And whew! We both lost. 🙂 Or at least I’m 97% sure of that.)

    (Sorry. I had to edit this reply. I was multi-tasking – which I am proving to be very bad at these days – and missed with the first version.)

  11. It appears the JS people are being a bit lazy…. 100% of the results are out there on the various county websites. And yes, you are okay…. the final count by my tabulation is 19301 for Shelly Moore and 16033 for Issac Weix. So Moore wins 54.6% to 45.4%, a difference of 9.2%, just shy of the required 10.0% for me to claim delicious victory.

    St Croix county saved you. Throw them out and Shelly won nearly 58%. Of course, I suppose its sort of hard to throw them out since they compose about half the district. 🙂

  12. I knew you’d be in the numbers already. 🙂 You are so very reliable.

  13. The J-S is at it again, with another article saying how the turnout was higher than expected (nearly as high as the Prosser/Kloppenberg race in 3 of the districts). Does that bode ill for the GOP’s chances to retain the senate?


  14. No, and I’ll explain why when I get around to it later today. 🙂