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Wisconsin Divided: Primary election results indicate close races in the future

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Wisconsin (WQOW) - In Tuesday's primary election, incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly pulled away with more votes than his two opponents combined. However, it was close to a 50-50 vote when you add up the two Democrats and Kelly's totals.

Political experts are saying it shows just how divided our state will be in future elections.

Kelly got just 2,000 more votes than Democrat-backed Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone, meaning voters are virtually split 50-50.

Political science lecturer at UW-Stout Rich Postlewaite said the results may be a sign of another close call come April and in the general presidential election next fall.

In 2016, Trump walked away with less than a one-point win in Wisconsin. Postlewaite expects it to be neck-and-neck again.

However, how the state will end up swaying is anybody's guess, even with an incumbent Republican currently in the Oval Office.

"It's really going to depend upon getting your base out, as far as we can tell," Postlewaite said. "It's getting people active in the campaign, but the other thing you're going to have to think about is who's going to be the Democratic candidate? Is that person going to be enough for urban people to vote for that person, enough for suburban people to vote for that person?"

Postlewaite added that last year's tight Supreme Court race between Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer also shows how much the state will likely be divided come April.

It could all come down to voter turnout in Milwaukee and Madison to see where we lie.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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