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Wisconsin Sees Strong Early Voting Turnout For Partisan Primary

Early voting across Wisconsin has eclipsed totals from the last non-presidential election year, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

As of Friday, 86,486 absentee ballots had been cast in person and by mail across Wisconsin.

According to statistics released by the commission, 86,862 absentee ballots were cast in 2016, the last presidential election, and 65,525 were cast in 2014, the last midterm election.

The election marks the end of a crowded Democratic primary in the governor’s race and an expensive and divisive battle for the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November.

Other offices on the ballot include lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, U.S. representative, odd-numbered state Senate seats and all state Assembly seats.

Milwaukee, which wrapped up in-person absentee voting Saturday, saw strong turnout for early voting, said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.

About 14,000 absentee ballots had been cast in Milwaukee County as of Friday, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Of those, 2,400 were in the city of Milwaukee, Albrecht said.

"We’re hoping that’s an indicator of enthusiastic public interest in the election and that our election numbers for Tuesday will be comparable," he said.

Dane County had the next highest turnout, with 13,800 ballots cast. Waukesha County came in third, reporting 8,850 absentee ballots cast.


Hundreds of thousands register to vote before Tuesday's CT primary election

Monday was the last day for voters to register for the primary elections, and hundreds of thousands did just that before the deadline.

The deadline to register to vote in person came at noon on Monday. The deadline to register online passed last week.

Secretary of State Denise Merrill said there was a last minute rush with many town offices, packed with people wanting to vote on Tuesday.

"I was in several offices today and they had lots of customers so there were a lot of people. We had 275,000 plus new voters since 2016, that's a record number," said Merrill.


Officials say record numbers of absentee ballots filed ahead of Vermont primary

In South Burlington, city clerk Donna Kinville has been busy leading up to the Green Mountain State's primary election on Tuesday.

"The day before the primary is absolutely chaotic. We've probably (registered) about 100 people that have come in already today just to do absentee balloting. We're over 1,000 for this election already," she said.

She said that's a record number of absentee ballots the city's had for a primary.

It's a trend Secretary of State Jim Condos has seen across Vermont.

"When you compare this midterm election to the last midterm election, which was 2014, we've actually more than doubled the number of absentee early ballot requests," Condos said.

He said the reason for the increase in voter turnout is likely because of the number of seats up for election, like the highly contested Democratic gubernatorial race with environmentalist James Ehlers, transgender candidate Christine Hallquist, political newcomer Brenda Siegel and 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn vying to win the party's nomination.


Expecting large turnout, election officials call Minnesota primary 'historic'

(KMSP) - Election officials are calling this year’s primary elections historic and record-setting, with voters already sending in thousands of absentee ballots and polls expected to be busy on Tuesday.

That means it’s crunch time for candidates and voters in Minnesota, with several key seats in the state up for grabs.

“We have surpassed the number of total votes cast by early voting in the primary of 2014, 2016 and even last year in the municipal elections,” said Grace Wachlarowicz, Director of Elections & Voter Services for Minneapolis.

In fact, in Minneapolis, more than 14,000 absentee ballots have been received - that's 10,000 more than the 2016 presidential election.


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WA-08: Kim Schrier officially wins Democratic nomination


WI-01: Tweet points out potential mistake by Bryce.


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I was in Wisconsin in April (b4 Ryan said he'd be retiring) & met w/ @IronStache & @CathyMyersWI. Bryce was solely focused on the general, while Myers was building a grassroots campaign.

WI-01: Fame and Campaign Fortune Hasn't Saved 'Iron Stache' From a Heated Primary

When Randy Bryce came on to the political scene, he became a Democratic fundraising juggernaut. But the Wisconsin Democrat, who is known by his Twitter moniker “Iron Stache,” hasn’t locked down his primary race in the 1st District, despite a national profile and buckets of money being poured into his campaign.

Bryce faces a potentially competitive contest against Janesville school board member Cathy Myers in Tuesday’s primary.

Myers jumped in the race shortly after Bryce launched the video that rocketed him to fame as the ironworker taking on Speaker Paul D. Ryan in the 1st District. Ryan’s decision to retire from Congress upended the race, placing new attention on Myers, according to her campaign.

Ryan’s exit, along with reports of Bryce’s legal troubles that have surfaced and Myers’ own fundraising, has seen the Democratic primary develop into a heated race that at times has gotten nasty.

Some Democrats still expect Bryce to win, given his name recognition and his dominance on the airwaves. But Myers’ campaign is looking to capitalize on enthusiasm among female voters, who have propelled scores of Democratic women to primary victories across the country.

Public polling in the race is hard to come by, but a July poll from Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Ryan, found Myers with a 1-point lead. A third of those surveyed were undecided.

A source with Myers’ campaign said the CLF poll was consistent with the campaign’s own numbers at the time. A source familiar with Bryce’s internal polling said his numbers showed him with the lead but declined to provide details.


WWE Star Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart Dead at the Age of 63

As the news of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart's death has the wrestling world reeling, details of what caused his death have surfaced.

According to TMZ, Neidhart fell in a Florida home early Monday morning. Per the Pasco County Sheriff's Department, TMZ reports that Neidhart's fall impacted his head led to seizures and convulsions.

“Preliminary information indicates that [Neidhart] fell at home, hit his head, and succumbed to his injury.

No foul play suspected. No additional information to release at this time."


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