Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Democrat Bill Kurtz lost to Incumbent Mark Honadel in his first run for public office.
Bill Kurtz knew running a campaign against a nine-year veteran of Wisconsin Legislature was going to be an uphill battle. Despite getting 40 percent of the vote against Mark Honadel in the race for the 21st State Assembly District, Kurtz says he wouldn't change the way he ran his campaign. "I felt I did everything right," Kurtz said. "The only way to unseat Honadel would be when he decides to leave the political picture." Kurtz believes Honadel's name recognition and reputation carry significant weight in the eyes of the voters. He believes an independent voter is less likely to vote for someone they don't know. For his part, Honadel told Patch, "I'm a firm believer that if you don't get caught up in all the fluff and politics, and you …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
State Rep. Mark Honadel got 60 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in winning re-election to the 21st Assembly District seat.
State Rep. Mark Honadel said he was honored to be elected to another term in the Assembly and looked forward to getting back to work in the state Legislature. Honadel got 60 percent of the vote Tuesday against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in the race for the 21st Assembly district, which includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a small portion of Franklin. Kurtz, 60, is a former reporter who has also worked for several colleges. He was in his first run for public office. It will be Honadel's fifth full term in the Assembly after winning a special election in 2003. "As long you enjoy this job and want to get something done, it's an honor. No doubt about it," Honadel said Wednesday. "I never take this for granted, being in politics." The …
Oak Creek had short lines at the polls and a surprising number of same-day voter registrations, but voted along familiar party lines.
City Clerk Catherine Roeske had one word to describe how things went at Oak Creek polling places when we spoke late Tuesday afternoon: "Strange." It certainly seems apt. West Middle School was the first stop of my day Tuesday shortly before 9 a.m. Much to my surprise, I didn't find long lines of voters waiting to cast their ballot — only about 10 people were in line when I showed up. The chief inspector told me that lines stretched out the door and down a hallway shortly after the polls opened at 7 a.m., but dissipated after that time. The same story was told at the other five polling places in Oak Creek: a huge early-morning rush, then quiet the rest of the day. It picked up a little in the late afternoon/early evening, but not …
Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson won the vote in Oak Creek but ultimately fell in the presidential and U.S. Senate elections.
Republicans didn't fare well across the state Tuesday night, but they found favor with Oak Creek residents. Former Gov. Mitt Romney garnered 10,024 votes (54 percent) compared to 8,427 (46 percent) for President Barack Obama. Obama, however, carried Wisconsin and several other key swing states on his way to win a second term in the White House. In the U.S. Senate race, former Gov. Tommy Thompson got 9,778 votes (55 percent) in Oak Creek to U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin's 8,132 (45 percent). Baldwin won the race to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, while he lost his bid for vice president, easily won another term to represent the 1st District, which includes Oak Creek. He got 10,270 votes (59 percent) in the city …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Oak Creek residents and election officials spoke with Patch at the Parkway Church polling place.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Patch correspondent Samantha Nash spoke with voters and poll workers just after lunch time on Election Day at Parkway Church.
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 10:15 p.m. and other media outlets quickly followed. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months …
President Barack Obama, on his way to re-election win's Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes after defeating former Gov. Mitt Romney Tuesday.
President Barack Obama has won Wisconsin, considered by political pundits as a major swing state that would go a long way in deciding the 2012 presidential election. Obama was declared the state’s projected winner over Gov. Mitt Romney. Obama and running mate Joe Biden overcame the popularity uptick Romney undoubtedly received when he announced Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan of Janesville as his vice presidential candidate this summer. With the victory, Obama picked up 10 important electoral votes toward the 270 required to win the presidency. At approximately 10:15 p.m., CNN declared Obama a winner in Ohio, essentially giving him the election. As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, with 91 percent of the vote counted in Wisconsin, Obama was leading …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Wondering who to call if you have—or see—problems at the polls? The United States Attorney's office along with other governmental agencies will be out on Election Day to address violations, including suspected voter fraud and discrimination.
The following is taken from a press release provided by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The Office of the United States Attorney and the Justice Departmenter are, along with other units of state and local government, responsible for deterring election fraud and discrimination and addressing those types of violations whenever and wherever they occur. James L. Santelle, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, reaffirmed today the role that his office and the United States Department of Justice generally will pursue in connection with the nationwide election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Federal law protects against crimes like intimidating and bribing voters, buying and selling votes…
Patch will have a team of editors and reporters in the community covering Tuesday's election in real-time in our live blog. Get updates now and join the conversation!
After more than a year of hype, hundreds of speeches and millions spent on campaign ads, the 2012 election is finally here — and Patch is covering it live in a real-time Election Day Blog. We have more than two dozen reporters and editors throughout southeastern Wisconsin Tuesday, talking to voters, election officials and others — and providing updates and results in the blog until the final races are called. We also want to hear from you, so make sure your post a comment in the blog. Tell us how you voted for and why; share your experiences at the polls; or just weigh in on the big election of 2012. LIVE 2012 ELECTION RESULTS Here are the latest results for key races for Milwaukee County and Wisconsin. Presidential results only represent …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
About 24 percent of registered voters in Oak Creek cast their ballots in the two-week early-voting period, which ended Friday.
More than 5,000 people passed through the doors at Oak Creek City Hall in the last two weeks to vote prior to Election Day. A total of 5,208 voters cast a ballot during the two-week early voting period, according to the Oak Creek city clerk's office. That's about 24 percent of all registered voters in the city. Early voting was held from Oct. 22 through Nov. 2. Oak Creek also had 494 new registrations during that period, City Clerk Catherine Roeske said. Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Residents may register to vote, view voter information or change information through the Government Accountability Board website. For more information on voting in Oak Creek and a rundown of what's on the ballot, check out Patch's Oak Creek Election Guide.