Ernie Wittwer declares victory in Democratic primary in 17th Senate district

While there were some absolute blowout races after the results of the August 12 partisan primaries were tallied, there were a few races in which the results were extremely close. On such race was the Democratic primary in the 17th Senate district, a race that pitted longtime resident and activist Ernie Wittwer against Pat Bomhack, the hand-picked choice of Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson.

That race was extremely close, with just two votes separating the winner (Wittwer) from the loser (Bomhack), and after the official canvass showed a 7 vote margin, Wittwer declared himself the winner.

Official county canvasses show Wittwer beating Pat Bomhack by just seven votes in the Democratic primary for Wisconsin’s 17th Senate district.

That’s a slightly wider margin than the two-vote difference initially reported by an unofficial Associated Press vote tally last week.

However, it’s also still close enough that Bomhack could request a recount at no cost to his campaign.

According to the canvass report filed with the Government Accountability Board, Bomhack received 3,840 votes to Wittwer’s 3,847.

“I’m looking forward to the general election,” Wittwer said. “We’re figuring out what we have to do to get on with beating my Republican opponent.”

There’s been no word yet on whether Pat Bomhack will request a recount, as he did not respond to contact by the CapTimes and there’s been no activity on his Facebook page since August 13.

Given such a tight margin of victory, I’d expect Bomhack


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