Weatherston Wins 62nd District Race, Vos and Wirch Retain Their Seats

In the state legislative races, the races didn't finish up until later in the evening. But here's where things were at by 11:45 p.m.

Despite the Republicans having a dismal night in the presidential race, they held a strong lead for the state assembly by 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. 

However, Bob Wirch (D-Kenosha) garnered more votes than Republican Pam Stevens in the race for the redistricted 22nd State Senate seat.

Wirch said he was able to harness a lead because of his track record.

“I have a reputation of being an independent Democrat fighting for the underdog and it doesn’t hurt you when you get a better Democrat district.” –when asked why he had success in this election

Incumbent Robin Vos (R-Rochester) looked like he would maintain his 63rd State Assembly seat against political newcomer Kelly Albrecht (D-Burlington) and Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) also held a strong lead against Melissa Lemke, a Democrat out of Racine. 

Vos said he was reassured by the numbers that had come in, but he would be staying up to see what the final numbers were.

"Still, I'm gratified by what we've been able to accomplish in Wisconsin and I know that the state is headed in the right direction," Vos said.

Weatherston said he was grateful for the vote of confidence from his supporters and that he would work to develop a state-wide program that would help bring more awareness of the skilled trades to high school students, work on improving motorcycle safety courses and help bring jobs back to the state.

"But my win isn't so much of a victory for me, but rather it's for you," Weatherston told his supporters.

By 11:48 p.m. here's where the Legislative races stood and what the frontrunners had to say:

22nd State Senate Race

Bob Wirch 32,407 Pam Stevens 15,074

With 76 percent of polling places reporting

62nd State Assembly Race

Tom Weatherston 13,183 Melissa Lemke 8,956

53 percent of polling places reporting

63rd State Assembly Race

Robin Vos 14,087 Kelly Albrecht 8,949

78 percent of polling places reporting


patchreader 123 November 07, 2012 at 08:21 AM
That's a mighty fine pitcher of lemonade you're stirring, JRH.
Beth Norquist November 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Mr. Hoffa, Climb back in your hole, please. OBAMA-BIDEN WIN!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!
Richard Head November 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Hey Bob, where's the jobs in Kenosha? I recently drove through to the State Line, and Sheridan Rd. is starting to look a little run down. Lots of empty and closed businesses. Goodyear - gone. Cottman Transmissions - gone. It's true, there has been some business expansion - like the recent Culvers - but those really aren't family supporting jobs - at least the majority. How about that great big empty Chrysler Plant? Economic trouble brewing in Kenosha. You better do something of substance soon - because the symbolism isn't working.
James R Hoffa November 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
@Beth - You're the one trolling here - get back under your out-of-state bridge! As you are from Dunedin, Florida, one has to wonder why you're so interested in our state level elections?
James R Hoffa November 07, 2012 at 06:56 PM
There were no surprises or upsets in the state level races last night - all went as expected.


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