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Big Rock County turnout backs Barrett

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Catherine W. Idzerda
June 6, 2012
— Tuesday's voter turnout was more than gubernatorial but less than presidential.

And at the end of a busy day for municipal and county clerks, Gov. Scott Walker held on to his seat.


Unlike the majority of Wisconsin voters, Rock County voters picked Democratic challenger Tom Barrett over Walker, 35,297-27,502.


Mahlon Mitchell, who challenged Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, also won in Rock County, 35,293-26,736.


More than 72 percent of registered voters turned out in Rock County. That represents 53 percent of all Rock County residents of voting age.


In the 2008 presidential election, 78 percent of registered voters went to the polls. That represented 66 percent of the residents of voting age.


In Walworth County, Walker soundly defeated Barrett, 26,201-14,330.


The numbers in the lieutenant governor's race were similar: Kleefisch defeated Mitchell, 25,568-14,469.


"It was very busy here," Walworth County Clerk Kimberly Bushey said. "It was almost a presidential turnout."


More than 73 percent of registered voters went to the polls in Walworth County. That represents 52 percent of all people of voting age.


In the 2008 presidential election, 78 percent of registered voters turned out. That represented 65 percent of all people of voting age in Walworth County.


Clerks expected a high turnout and were prepared, Bushey said. The county, which prints its own ballots, was able to provide extra ballots where they were needed.


Statewide numbers were still being compiled late Tuesday, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel estimated that 56 percent of the state's eligible voters went to the polls.



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