Riding a red tide

Republicans sweep county in national and state election results
Review story and photos by Emmitt B. Feldner

DECISION 2016

FALL ELECTIONS

The city of Plymouth and Sheboygan County followed the state and nation in Tuesday’s fall election.

It was a near-sweep for Republicans here in federal, state and county elections.

The only Democrats to win races locally were two county officers running unopposed.

Voter turnout in the county topped the statewide number, as County Clerk Jon Dolson reported an unofficial voter turnout of 86 percent in the county (85 percent in the city of Plymouth) as opposed to the statewide number of 66 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Republican businessman Donald Trump, elected the 45th President, carried Wisconsin on the way to his Electoral College victory – becoming the first Republican candidate to do so in 32 years.

Trump outpolled his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, by a narrow margin statewide, 48 percent to 47 percent, which kept the state in play until the wee hours of the morning Wednesday.

However, Trump’s margin was much wider in Sheboygan County – 56 percent to 39 percent – and in the city of Plymouth – 54 percent to 40 percent.

The U.S. Senate race saw incumbent Republican Ron Johnson win a second term, repeating his triumph six years ago over the Democrat, former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.

Johnson pulled 50 percent of the vote statewide to 47 percent for Feingold and 3 percent for Libertarian Party candidate Phillip Anderson.

Johnson’s margin was much wider in the county, at 59 percent to 38 percent, and in the city of Plymouth, 60 percent to 37 percent.

In the Sixth District Congressional race, incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman easily won re-election to a second term. Grothman outdistanced Democrat Sarah Lloyd by 57 to 37 percent, with independent candidate Jeff Dahlke picking up 6 percent of the vote.


More than four out of every five registered voters in the city of Plymouth cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. That number caused lines for those registering to vote (above right) and waiting to vote (above left) at City Hall, but delays were not overly long. Voters in the city, like their counterparts in the county and the state, supported Republican Donald Trump for president and Republicans for all contested races on the ballot. More than four out of every five registered voters in the city of Plymouth cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. That number caused lines for those registering to vote (above right) and waiting to vote (above left) at City Hall, but delays were not overly long. Voters in the city, like their counterparts in the county and the state, supported Republican Donald Trump for president and Republicans for all contested races on the ballot. The county numbers closely mimicked that, with Grothman polling 58 percent to 38 percent for Lloyd and 4 percent for Dahlke.

The two contested legislative races in the county saw similar substantial wins for a pair of Republican incumbents.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Tyler Vorpagel won a second term in the 27th District, which includes roughly the northeastern portion of the county. He defeated challenger Nanette Bulebosh of the town of Rhine by a 62 percent to 38 percent vote.

In the 26th District, encompassing the southeast portion of the county, Republican Terry Katsma won a second term by beating Democrat Rebecca Clarke by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin.

Incumbent County Clerk Jon Dolson (Republican), Treasurer Laura Henning-Lorenz and Clerk of Circuit Courts Ellen Schleicher (both Democrats) won re-election unopposed.

Republican Joel Urmanski was the only candidate to replace retiring Democratic District Attorney Joe DeCecco.

School spending referenda went three-for-three in the county in earning voter approval.

Howards Grove District voters approved a $4.7 million school building and improvement package, including construction of a new auditorium, by a 2,029 to 1, 208 vote – a 63-37 percent margin.

Sheboygan Falls School District voters approved a $30.9 referendum to build a new middle school along with other projects 4,125 yes (63 percent) to 2,407 no (37 percent).

And in the Sheboygan Area School District, a $29 million list of district wide improvements was passed by a vote of 18,468 (74 percent) to 6,562 (26 percent).




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