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Mary Burke declared winner of Democratic primary in race for governor

Former Trek executive Mary Burke wins Democratic primary, will challenge Wisconsin Gov. Walker. More>>

UPDATE: Sheriff talks about no confidence vote after defeating challenger Video included

Wednesday WQOW News 18 asked Sheriff Smith how he plans to handle any hard feelings. He says if they can move on, he can too. He says the only thing that matters is keeping the public safe.  More>>

Q&A on recounts for Tuesday's primary election

There were several close races in Tuesday’s Partisan Primary Election that could result in recounts, said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Government Accountability Board. More>>

Turnout in Wisconsin primary around 10%

Turnout in Wisconsin's primary election appears to have fallen below projections. More>>

Adamczyk beats Melchert in GOP treasurer race

A small business owner who wants to eliminate the office he is running for won the Republican primary for state treasurer. More>>

Happ wins Democratic attorney general primary

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ has won the Democratic nomination for attorney general. More>>

Herrick beats Leichtman for Clark County Sheriff

Clark County (WQOW) – Incumbent candidate Greg Herrick beats challenger Gary Leichtman for Clark County Sheriff.With all precincts reporting, Herrick finishes with 61 percent of the vote. Leichtman had 39 percent.The winner will face Democrat Scott Haines in November. More>>

Julian Bradley wins GOP primary for secretary of state

Republican Party activist Julian Bradley has won the GOP Wisconsin primary for secretary of state, defeating state Rep. Garey Bies. More>>

Army veteran wins GOP primary in Kind's district

An Army veteran who now trains accident investigators for the military has won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind. More>>

Rep. Sean Duffy fends off challenge in GOP primary

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy has fended off a Republican primary challenge from a real estate broker. More>>

Rep. Paul Ryan defeats rival in primary

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has defeated a similarly named rival in his southeastern Wisconsin district's Republican primary. More>>

Low numbers early as voters hit the polls in Eau Claire Video included

As of 5:30 p.m. voter turnout in the city was up to 7.6%. The city clerk said earlier today that she expected voter turnout to be in the 7 to 10% range by the time the polls close in Eau Claire.

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HAPPENING TODAY: Voters head to the polls to select candidates for November's general election Video included

There are a number of statewide races: Brett Hulsey is challenging Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke. The winner faces Governor Scott Walker in November.
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Sheriff Dennis Smith is up against Medical Examiner Chris Kruse in the Democratic Primary Video included

Medical Examiner Chris Kruse is challenging longtime Sheriff Dennis Smith in the Democratic Primary. Since no Republicans filed, the winner tomorrow will likely be the sheriff. More>>

Burke and Walker donation lists include some interesting, amusing celebrity names Video included

A perusal of state campaign finance records show Mary Burke is far more popular with celebrities than Scott Walker, but the Governor has brought in more money from them. More>>

Koch brothers help GOP reach out to Hispanics

Looking to make inroads with Hispanics, Republican activists are offering English lessons, health checkups and courses to help Spanish speakers earn high school diplomas.
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2016 preview? Perry, Cruz at same GOP gathering

Possible presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz predicts Republicans will retake the Senate this year and that "2016 will be even better." More>>

Ryan calls for solutions-based GOP comeback

Republican congressman Paul Ryan is telling the party's most active members that criticism of President Barack Obama alone is insufficient to sustain a GOP comeback in this year's elections and in 2016. More>>

Voter ID ruling creating confusion for Tuesday's primary

Voters do not have to show photo identification to cast a ballot in Tuesday's primary election. More>>

Attorney general, congressional races top primary

Candidates in a four-way Republican primary to help determine who will succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri and the three Democrats squaring off in the attorney general's race are making a final push for votes. More>>

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    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:07:42 GMT
    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition...More >>
    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of...More >>
  • With 2016 in mind, Perry heads to New Hampshire

    With 2016 in mind, Perry heads to New Hampshire

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-08-22 08:54:16 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire while carrying the scars of old political stumbles and a recent indictment.More >>
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire as he defiantly dismisses a recent indictment and tries to convince voters that he's an improved version of the 2012 candidate who stumbled...More >>
  • Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 08:37:17 GMT
    One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch.More >>
    One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch.More >>
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