Just a few random thoughts on the results of last night’s primary elections:
- In the Democratic primary here in the 7th State Senate District, Chris Larson beat incumbent State Sen. Jeff Plale, setting up a matchup between Larson and Republican Jess Ripp in November. While I wasn’t surprised Larson beat Plale, I was surprised at the margin of victory for Larson, as I thought the results would be much closer. Ultimately, Sen. Plale was undone by his close ties to corporate lobbyists, and the voters of the 7th District will be better represented in the State Senate by Chris Larson.
- As I predicted, my predictions for some of the key primary races were way off the mark, especially in the Republican U.S. Senate race, where Ron Johnson beat Dave Westlake by a very wide margin.
- I’m looking forward to Drinking Liberally tonight. No doubt our post-mortem of the various primary elections will make for some interesting discussion, and if you’d like to join us – along with special guest host Scott Hassett, the Democratic Attorney General candidate – we’ll be at Sugar Maple, located at 441 E. Lincoln Avenue in Milwaukee starting at 7:00 p.m.
- Finally, I’d just like to say that though Dave Westlake and I don’t see eye to eye on a lot when it comes to politics, I think he ran a heck of a race and has a lot to be proud of, despite his loss last night. Dave is one of the good guys, and I’m glad to call him a friend.