So the results are in, and it looks like tonight was a great night for progressives here in the Milwaukee area.
- Mandela Barnes beat incumbent Democrat Jason Fields for Assembly seat 11
- Evan Goyke won in an 8 person field for open Assembly seat 18
- Danny Riemer beat incumbent Democrat Peggy Krusick for Assembly seat 7
- Sandy Pasch beat back a nasty race-baiting campaign against the hand-picked Lena Taylor/Beth Coggs candidate to win Assembly seat 10
So here are my thoughts: clearly tonight was a good night for real progressives here in the Milwaukee area, while it was a terrible night for the Taylor-Coggs-Fields “win at any costs” cabal that not only played the race card to try to win elections but also welcomed support from a right-wing group associated with disgraced and convicted former Republican Speaker of the Assembly Scott Jensen.
I guess the moral of the story when it comes to the failed campaigns of Jason Fields, Elizabeth Coggs, Jarrett Fields, and Millie Coby is elections are won and lost through hard work and good ideas, not through race-baiting and a reliance on the generosity of Scott Jensen.
In other primary-related news, Mark Pocan prevailed over Kelda Roys in the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional district, all but assuring Pocan will be that district’s next Congressman. While I expected Pocan to win by a big margin, I didn’t expect him to win by the margin he currently has (73% to Roys’ 21% as I write this).