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Wisconsin Spring Primary Election Results Certified

March 3, 2009

MADISON, WI – The official results of Wisconsin’s February 17 Spring Primary Election were certified today by the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.).

The total votes cast for the top statewide office, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction contest between five candidates, was 256,909 voters – or 5.9 percent of Wisconsin’s voting age population.

In that race, Tony Evers received 35 percent of the vote or 89,883 votes for first place, and Rose Fernandez came in second with 31 percent or 79,757 votes.

G.A.B. Vice Chair Judge William Eich signed the certified results, as submitted to the State Elections Division by Wisconsin’s 72 county clerks.
“Turnout will be likely higher in April, because we expect better weather and voters will be interested in more contests on the ballot,” said Kevin Kennedy, G.A.B. Director.

The April 7 Spring Election will include races for Wisconsin Supreme Court, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, two state appeals court seats, and 64 circuit court judge seats in 32 counties. There will also be local government contests on the ballot, such as races for city council, county executive, town board, school board and school district referenda.