Former Trek exec Mary Burke wins Wisconsin Democratic governor nomination
MADISON—Former Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke has easily defeated state Rep. Brett Hulsey in the Democratic primary for governor.
With Tuesday's win, Burke advances to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.
Hulsey was never a serious threat to Burke, raising next-to-no money for the race, hiring no staff and largely being shunned by Democratic Party leaders.
Democrats had hoped that Burke's entry into the race in October would clear the field, but Hulsey surprised them by announcing his candidacy in April instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.
Burke had all but ignored Hulsey throughout the campaign, including refusing to debate.
Burke now will officially face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.
Burke told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Rhinelander where she is campaigning that her game plan remains the same. She says she’s making sure the people get to know her and what her plans will be as governor.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said that Walker has been a “transformative leader for Wisconsin and the state is better for it.”
Christie is expected to campaign in Wisconsin soon.