February 14, 2016

Canvass backs Grothman win in 6th Congressional District primary

Sen. Glenn Grothman

Sen. Glenn Grothman

Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman had his primary win for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District confirmed Wednesday, with the canvass of last week’s primary ballots now complete.

The results posted by the state Government Accountability Board show the Campbellsport Republican winning the four-way primary for retiring U.S. Representative Tom Petri’s seat by 219 votes. State Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) remained in second place. The gap between the candidates is about one-third of one percent; the smallest margin in a Wisconsin congressional race since 1970.

Leibham says he and his campaign staff will review the canvass results, then decide whether to seek a recount. He has three days to decide. For now, Grothman will prepare to face Democratic nominee Mark Harris in November.

Meanwhile, a recount begins tomorrow in the 87th Assembly District in northwest Wisconsin. Michael Bub asked for the recount, after losing by 17 votes to James Edming for the GOP nomination for an Assembly seat given up by Medford Republican Mary Williams.

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