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City, town of Waukesha has large turnout in 2012 election

Both supported the Republican Party

Nov. 14, 2012

Clerks in Waukesha expected high turnout for the 2012 General Election and they got it.

In the Town of Waukesha, 89.92 percent of registered voters voted in the election.

Town Clerk Jamie Salentine said she was anticipating for that kind of number.

"It's the presidential election," Salentine said. "We always plan big."

And a majority showed their support for the Republican Party.

Of the 5,739 votes cast in the Presidential Election, 4,025 or 70.1 percent of the vote went to the GOP ticket of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and his running mate Paul Ryan, a congressman from Janesville.

The Democratic ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who won the election and Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes, got 1,674 votes in the Town of Waukesha or just 29.2 percent.

The US Senate seat numbers in the Town were very similar to the presidential race.

Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson garnered 3,908 (68.9 percent) of the 5,672 votes cast, while Democrat U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who won the general election, captured 1,666 votes or 29.4 percent.

Other incumbent Republicans, such as Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Sen. Mary Lazich, Rep. David Craig and Rep. Bill Kramer, who all won their races overall, did very well in the Town.

Rep. Kathleen Novack, a Pewaukee alderwoman, also beat Democrat Jessie Read in the Waukesha County clerk race by an-almost 3-1 margin in the Town.

Salentine said there were about 2,300 absentee ballots cast in the Town and around 250 new registrations on the day of the election.

City reaches 90 percent

In the city, City Clerk-Treasurer Gina Kozlik said 90 percent of eligible voters - 37,349 voters - voted in the election with 29 percent of them voting absentee (10,848).

A total of 36,956 people in the City of Waukesha voted in the presidential election.

Kozlik said more than 1,400 people vote in the office the Friday before the election by absentee.

The city's four highest polling locations were the Fire Station No. 5 with 93 percent (District 14), Waukesha West High School with 90 percent (District 12), Hawthorne School with 98 percent (District 4) and the Rotary Building with 100 percent (District 3).

Kozlik said all other locations saw in the high 80 percentiles. She added the percentages accounted for new registrations as well.

Few split tickets

Not many voters in the City of Waukesha split their ticket when voting in this election.

Those who supported the Republican ticket for the presidential election also gave their vote to Thompson in the US Senate.

Of the 36,956 votes in the City of Waukesha in the presidential election, 21,348 went to Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan or 57.8 percent.

Obama and Biden garnered 15,113 votes in the City of Waukesha or 40.9 percent. That is a difference of 6,235 votes.

For the US Senate seat, Thompson with 57.9 percent of the vote took home 20,961 votes compared to Baldwin's 14,246 or 39.3 percent. It's a difference of 6,715.

GOP won 34 wards

And in both elections, the GOP won 34 of the 39 wards in the City of Waukesha. The wards that the Republican Party did not win were in Wards 18, 25, 26, 28 and 29.

Most of those margins, especially in the US Senate race, were small (under 100 votes and some were in the single digits).

On the other hand, the Republican tickets won by significant margins in the other wards - most were by 100 or more with some by 300 to 400 vote margins.

In particular, though, Ward 36 (on the city's northwest side) favored the GOP by more than 700 votes in both elections.

As a county, Romney/Ryan garnered more support than the city getting 66.9 percent of the vote. Obama/Biden had 32.1 percent.

Thompson also received more support for the entire county (66.4 percent) than what the city gave him.

Baldwin got 31.4 percent for the county.

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