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2020 Wisconsin elections

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2020 Wisconsin elections

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The 2020 Wisconsin Fall General Election was held in the U.S. state of Wisconsin on November 3, 2020. All of Wisconsin's eight seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election, as well as sixteen seats in the Wisconsin State Senate and all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Voters also chose ten electors to represent them in the Electoral College, which then participated in selecting the president of the United States. The 2020 Fall Partisan Primary was held on August 11, 2020.

In the Fall general election, the Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, won Wisconsin's ten electoral votes, defeating incumbent President Donald Trump. There was no change to the partisan makeup of Wisconsin's congressional delegation. Republicans gained two seats in the Wisconsin Senate; Democrats gained two seats in the Wisconsin Assembly.[1]

The 2020 Wisconsin Spring Election was held April 7, 2020. This election featured a contested race for Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Presidential preference primary for both major political parties, as well as various nonpartisan local and judicial offices. The date of this election and deadline to submit absentee ballots became a matter of controversy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. The 2020 Wisconsin Spring Primary was held February 18, 2020.

Wisconsin Democrats celebrated the results of the April election with the victory of their preferred candidate in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, reducing the conservative majority on the court to 4–3. The Democrats' preferred candidate also won re-election on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

In the Wisconsin Democratic presidential preference primary, Vice President Joe Biden won an overwhelming victory. This was the last primary of the 2020 Democratic nominating contest before Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 campaign. In the Wisconsin Republican presidential preference primary, incumbent President Donald Trump was unopposed. Wisconsin voters also approved an amendment to the Constitution of Wisconsin known popularly as Marsy's Law, intended to grant new rights to victims of crimes.

A special election was held on May 12, 2020, to fill the vacancy in Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. The Republican candidate won the special election, causing no change to the congressional delegation's partisan makeup. The primary for this election was held concurrent with the spring primary on February 18.

Election information

April election

Effects of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

In Wisconsin, a swing state with a Democratic governor and a Republican legislature, an April 7 election for a state Supreme Court seat, the federal presidential primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties, and several other judicial and local elections went ahead as scheduled.

Due to the pandemic, at least fifteen other U.S. states cancelled or postponed scheduled elections or primaries at the time of Wisconsin's election.[2] With Wisconsin grappling with their own pandemic, state Democratic lawmakers made several attempts to postpone their election, but were prevented by other Republican legislators. Governor Tony Evers called the Wisconsin legislature into an April 4 special session, but the Republican-controlled Assembly and Senate graveled their sessions in and out within seventeen seconds.[3] In a joint statement afterwards, Wisconsin's state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald criticized Evers for attempting to postpone the election, for not calling a special session earlier, and for reversing his previous position on keeping the election date intact.[4]

Early in April, Evers publicly stated that he did not believe that he could postpone the election on his own. Nevertheless, after the legislature's inaction, the governor attempted to move the election by an executive order issued on April 6.[5] Evers' effort was, however, blocked by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. On the same day, a separate effort to extend the deadline for mailing absentee ballots was blocked by the Supreme Court of the United States. The only major concession achieved was that absentee ballots postmarked by April 7 at 8 p.m. would be accepted until April 13.[6] However, local media outlets reported that many voters had not received their requested absentee ballots by election day or, due to social distancing, were unable to satisfy a legal requirement that they obtain a witness's signature.[7][8] Three tubs of ballots from Oshkosh and Appleton were found undelivered the next day, requiring voters who had requested a ballot to come in contact with others at a polling station or forfeit their vote.[9]

The decision by Republican lawmakers to not alter the election in the face of the pandemic, such as to a mail-only vote, was sharply criticized by the editorial board of the local Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which had previously endorsed the Republican former governor Scott Walker.[10][11] They called the election "the most undemocratic in the state's history," adding that it put "at risk everything we've gained from the past three weeks of staying home and keeping our distance."[10] In a sub-headline, The New York Times stated that the election was "almost certain to be tarred as illegitimate." The newspaper contextualized the inability of Wisconsin's lawmakers to come to an agreement on altering the election as another chapter in the contentious recent political history of the state, which included "a decade of bitter partisan wrangling that saw [state Republicans] clinically attack and defang the state's Democratic institutions, starting with organized labor and continuing with voting laws making it far harder for poor and black residents of urban areas to vote."[12] Republicans believed that holding the election on April 7, when Democratic-leaning urban areas were hard-hit by the pandemic, would help secure them political advantages like a continued 5–2 conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court (through the elected seat of Daniel Kelly).[11][13]

When the election went ahead on April 7, access to easy in-person voting heavily depended on where voters were located. In smaller or more rural communities, which tended to be whiter and vote Republican, few issues were reported.[13][14] In more urbanized areas, the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure and consolidation of many polling places around the state despite the use of 2,400 National Guard members to combat a severe shortage in poll workers.[15][16] The effects were felt most heavily in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's most populous city with the largest minority population and the center of the state's ongoing pandemic.[13] The city's government was only able to open 5 of 180 polling stations after being short by nearly 1,000 poll workers.[16] As a result, lengthy lines were reported, with some voters waiting for up to 2.5 hours and through rain showers.[15][17] The lines disproportionately affected Milwaukee's large Hispanic and African-American population; the latter had already been disproportionately afflicted with the coronavirus pandemic, forming nearly half of Wisconsin's documented cases and over half its deaths at the time the vote was conducted.[12][14] However, by the time the election concluded, Milwaukee Election Commissioner Neil Albrecht stated that despite some of the problems, the in-person voting ran smoothly.[18]

Similar problems with poll station closures and long lines were reported in Waukesha, where only one polling station was opened for a city of 70,000, and Green Bay, where only 17 poll workers out of 270 were able to work.[12] Other cities were able to keep lines much shorter, including the state capital of Madison, which opened about two-thirds of its usual polling locations, and Appleton, which opened all of its usual 15.[15][19]

Voters across the state were advised to maintain social distancing, wear face masks, and bring their own pens.[20] Vos, the state Assembly Speaker, served as an election inspector for in-person voting on April 7. While wearing medical-like personal protective equipment of gloves, a mask, and full gown, he told reporters that it was "incredibly safe to go out" and vote, adding that voters faced "minimal exposure."[13][21]


1,551,711 valid ballots were cast.[22]

This voter turnout is approximately 45.8% of eligible voters.[23]

Turnout was also 34.3% of the voting age population, which is a decrease compared to the 47.4% voting age population turnout of the April 2016 elections.[22][24][25]

Mail and absentee ballots

April 2020 election

As of April 21, 2020, Wisconsin reports that 1,239,611 absentee ballots were requested by voters, 1,282,097 absentee ballots were sent to voters, and 1,138,491 absentee ballots were returned by voters for the April 7 elections.[26] It has not been reported how many absentee ballots were valid.

Approximately 71% of votes cast in the April election were absentee ballots, an unprecedented proportion of absentee votes in Wisconsin.[24][25][27]

After reports of missing and undelivered absentee ballots, Wisconsin's Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson, as well as the Milwaukee Election Commission, called for investigations.[28]

November 2020 election

To vote by mail in the November election, registered Wisconsin voters had to request a ballot by October 29, 2020.[29] As of early October, some 1,315,431 voters had requested mail ballots.[30]

Federal offices


Incumbent President Donald Trump sought a second four-year term. In Wisconsin, voters chose electors for Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden.

Democratic Primary

For its part in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Wisconsin's presidential preference primary was on the ballot for Wisconsin's spring general election, held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. At the time of the Wisconsin primary, only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders remained in the field of Democratic candidates. However, due to delays in vote-counting, Bernie Sanders had already withdrawn from the race by the time the vote totals were released. Joe Biden won a decisive victory in the state, capturing about 63% of the vote and winning every county.[31]

The Wisconsin primary is an open primary, with the state awarding 97 delegates, of which 84 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary election.

Republican Primary

In the 2020 Republican Party presidential primaries, the Wisconsin Republican presidential preference primary was also on the April 7 ballot. The only candidate for the Republican nomination was incumbent President Donald Trump, who received about 98% of the vote.[31]

General election

Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden
Source of poll aggregation Dates administered Dates updated Joe Biden Donald Trump Other/
270 to Win September 7, 2020 - September 18, 2020 September 18, 2020 50.0% 43.5% Biden + 6.5
Real Clear Politics August 29, 2020 – September 13, 2020 September 18, 2020 50.1% 43.4% Biden + 6.7
The Economist September 18, 2020 53.0% 47.0% Biden + 6.0
Five Thirty Eight September 18, 2020 50.3% 43.6% Biden + 6.8
  1. ^ Calculated by taking the difference of 100% and all other candidates combined

Joe Biden won the Presidential election against Donald Trump and was awarded Wisconsin's ten electoral votes.

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Presidential election results
United States presidential election in Wisconsin, 2020[32][33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joe Biden /
Kamala Harris
1,630,866 49.45% +3.00%
Republican Donald Trump (incumbent) /
Mike Pence (incumbent)
1,610,184 48.82% +1.60%
Libertarian Jo Jorgensen /
Spike Cohen
38,491 1.17% -2.41%
American Solidarity Brian Carroll /
Amar Patel
5,259 0.16% +0.15%
Constitution Don Blankenship /
William Mohr
5,146 0.16% -0.25%
Green Howie Hawkins (write-in) /
Angela Walker (write-in)
1,089 0.03% -1.01%
Independent Kanye West (write-in) /
Michelle Tidball (write-in)
411 0.01%
Socialism and Liberation Gloria La Riva (write-in) /
Sunil Freeman (write-in)
110 0.00%
Independent Mark Charles (write-in) /
Adrian Wallace (write-in)
52 0.00%
Independent Jade Simmons (write-in) /
Claudeliah Roze (write-in)
36 0.00%
Independent Kasey Wells (write-in) /
No running mate
25 0.00%
Independent President R19 Boddie (write-in) /
No running mate
5 0.00%
Write-in 6,367 0.19% -0.57%
Plurality 20,682 0.63% -0.14%
Total votes 3,298,041 100.0% +10.82%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing 1.39%
Post-election issues

Wisconsin was one of several states where the Trump campaign sought recounts,[34] then filed lawsuits attempting to overturn the electoral slate,[35] then attempted to enlist allies in the State Legislature to choose an alternate slate of electors,[36] and finally enlisted allies in Congress to attempt to throw out the state's electoral votes during the January 6, 2021, electoral vote count. These efforts, which culminated in the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol, ultimately failed to overthrow the election results.[37]


Neither of Wisconsin's United States Senate seats were up for election in 2020.

House of Representatives

The 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin were held on November 3, 2020, to elect Wisconsin's delegation to the United States House of Representatives for the 117th United States Congress. A primary election for these offices was held August 11, 2020. Wisconsin has eight congressional districts, and in six districts the incumbent from the previous general election ran for re-election in November.

7th district special election

In the special election held on May 12, 2020, Republican state senator Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker. A special primary election for the vacant congressional seat was held concurrent with the Spring Primary, February 18, 2020.

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district special election, 2020[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Special Election, May 12, 2020
Republican Tom Tiffany 109,592 57.22% -2.89%
Democratic Tricia Zunker 81,928 42.78% +4.27%
Plurality 27,664 14.44% -7.16%
Total votes 191,520 100.0% -40.68%
Republican hold

General election

District CPVI Incumbent Candidates[39]
(check mark indicates primary winners)
Representative First Elected Incumbent Status Candidate Ballot Status
Wisconsin 1 R+5 Bryan Steil 2018 Running Green tickY Bryan Steil Approved Incumbent re-elected
John Baker Approved
Jeremy J. Ryan Denied
Charles E. Barman Denied
Green tickY Roger Polack Approved
Josh Pade Approved
Wisconsin 2 D+18 Mark Pocan 2012 Running Green tickY Mark Pocan Approved Incumbent re-elected
Green tickY Peter Theron Approved
Bradley J. Burt Denied
Wisconsin 3 EVEN Ron Kind 1996 Running Green tickY Ron Kind Approved Incumbent re-elected
Mark Neumann Approved
Green tickY Derrick Van Orden Approved
Jessi Ebben Approved
Brandon Cook Denied
Jonathan Sundblom Denied
Kevin John Ruscher Denied
Wisconsin 4 D+25 Gwen Moore 2004 Running Green tickY Gwen Moore Approved Incumbent re-elected
David Turner Denied
Green tickY Tim Rogers[note 1] Approved
Cindy Werner Approved
Travis R. Clark Denied
Robert R. Raymond Approved
Aneb Jah Rasta Sensas-Utcha Nefer-1 Denied
Wisconsin 5 R+13 Jim Sensenbrenner 1978 Not Running Green tickY Scott L. Fitzgerald Approved Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Republican hold.
Cliff DeTemple Approved
Green tickY Tom Palzewicz Approved
Wisconsin 6 R+8 Glenn Grothman 2014 Running Green tickY Glenn Grothman Approved Incumbent re-elected
Green tickY Jessica King Approved
Matthew L. Boor Approved
Michael G. Beardsley Approved
Wisconsin 7 R+8 Tom Tiffany 2020 (special) Running Green tickY Tom Tiffany Approved Incumbent re-elected
Green tickY Tricia Zunker Approved
Ken Driessen Denied
Wisconsin 8 R+7 Mike Gallagher 2016 Running Green tickY Mike Gallagher Approved Incumbent re-elected
Green tickY Amanda Stuck Approved
Robbie Hoffman Denied

State offices


State Senate

The 16 even-numbered districts out of 33 in the Wisconsin Senate were up for election in 2020.[40] Democrats and Republicans both had seven occupied seats and one vacant seat up in this election, for a total of eight seats each. Seven incumbent senators have filed official papers of non-candidacy (including two vacancies).[41] Five candidates were running unopposed.

Prior to the election, Republicans controlled the chamber with a 18 to 13 majority.

Seats Party
(majority caucus shading)
Vacant Total
Democratic Republican
Total after last election (2018) 14 19 - 33
Total before this election 13 18 2 33
Up for election 7 7 2 16
This election 6 10 - 16
Total after this election 12 21 - 33
Change in total Decrease 2 Increase 2 Steady Steady
District Incumbent Party Elected Member[42] Party Results
2 Robert Cowles Rep Robert Cowles[a] Rep Party hold
4 Lena Taylor Dem Lena Taylor[a] Dem Party hold
6 La Tonya Johnson Dem La Tonya Johnson Dem Party hold
8 Alberta Darling Rep Alberta Darling Rep Party hold
10 Patty Schachtner Dem Rob Stafsholt Rep Republican gain
12 Vacated[b] by a Republican Mary Felzkowski Rep Party hold
14 Luther Olsen[b] Rep Joan Ballweg Rep Party hold
16 Mark F. Miller[b] Dem Melissa Agard Dem Party hold
18 Dan Feyen Rep Dan Feyen Rep Party hold
20 Duey Stroebel Rep Duey Stroebel[a] Rep Party hold
22 Robert Wirch Dem Robert Wirch[a] Dem Party hold
24 Patrick Testin Rep Patrick Testin Rep Party hold
26 Fred Risser[b] Dem Kelda Roys[a] Dem Party hold
28 Dave Craig[b] Rep Julian Bradley Rep Party hold
30 Dave Hansen[b] Dem Eric Wimberger Rep Republican gain
32 Vacated[b] by a Democrat Brad Pfaff Dem Party hold
  1. ^ a b c d e Running unopposed in the general election
  2. ^ a b c d e f g No incumbent seeking reelection

State Assembly

All of the 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly are up for election in 2020.[43] Right before this election, 63 Assembly seats were held by Republicans, 34 seats were held by Democrats, and two seats were vacant.

Seats Party
(majority caucus shading)
Vacant Total
Democratic Republican
Total after last election (2018) 36 63 - 99
Total before this election 34 63 2 99
Up for election 34 63 2 99
This election 38 61 - 99
Total after this election 38 61 - 99
Change in total Increase 2 Decrease 2 Steady Steady

Before the election, 13 incumbent Assembly members have filed papers declaring that they will not run for re-election:[41] 11 would retire at the end of term, and two have already vacated their seats (both seats were vacated by Democrats). 18 incumbents ran unopposed in their re-election campaigns. Three incumbents were successfully challenged by other candidates, and lost their seats.


Three judicial appointees of former Governor Scott Walker were defeated in the 2020 spring election—Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, and Milwaukee Circuit Court judges Paul Dedinsky and Daniel Gabler.[44]

State Supreme Court

Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly was defeated by Dane Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky in the April general election. Justice Kelly was appointed to a vacant seat in 2016 by Governor Scott Walker. Under Wisconsin law, the seat must come up for a new election for a full term on the next year when there is no other scheduled supreme court election. Since there were supreme court elections in Wisconsin scheduled in 2017, 2018, and 2019, the election for this seat was scheduled for 2020.

Marquette University law professor Edward A. Fallone was eliminated in the primary election held on February 18.

Poll source Date(s)
of error
Hodas & Associates/Restoration PAC[A] Mar 17–19, 2020 600 (RV) 36% 29%

While the election was formally nonpartisan, the result of the general election was regarded as a victory for the Democratic Party, as the liberal Democratic Party-backed Karofsky defeated the conservative Republican Party-backed Daniel Kelly, who also carried the endorsement of Republican Party incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump.[45][46]

  Karofsky 50–60%   Karofsky 60–70%   Karofsky 70–80%   Kelly 50–60%   Kelly 60–70%
  Karofsky 50–60%
  Karofsky 60–70%
  Karofsky 70–80%
  Kelly 50–60%
  Kelly 60–70%
Wisconsin Supreme Court Election, 2020[47][48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Primary Election, February 18, 2020
Nonpartisan Daniel Kelly (incumbent) 352,876 50.04%
Nonpartisan Jill J. Karofsky 261,783 37.13%
Nonpartisan Ed Fallone 89,184 12.65%
Write-ins 1,295 0.18%
Total votes 705,138 100.0%
General Election, April 7, 2020
Nonpartisan Jill J. Karofsky 855,573 55.21%
Nonpartisan Daniel Kelly (incumbent) 693,134 44.73%
Scattering 990 0.06%
Plurality 162,439 10.48%
Total votes 1,549,446 100.0%

State Court of Appeals

Three seats on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals were up for election in 2020.

  • Judge Joe Donald was unopposed seeking re-election in District I.
  • Judge Rachel A. Graham was unopposed seeking re-election in District IV.
  • In District II, incumbent Judge Lisa Neubauer defeated challenger Waukesha County Circuit Judge Paul Bugenhagen, Jr.
Wisconsin Court of Appeals District II Election, 2020[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
General Election, April 7, 2020
Nonpartisan Lisa S. Neubauer (incumbent) 231,788 53.99%
Nonpartisan Paul Bugenhagen, Jr. 196,958 45.88%
Scattering 540 0.13%
Plurality 34,830 8.11%
Total votes 429,286 100.0%

State Circuit Courts

Thirty four of the state's 249 circuit court seats were up for election in 2020. Eight of those seats were contested. Two incumbent judges were defeated—Milwaukee County judges Paul Dedinsky and Daniel Gabler.

  • In Brown County, incumbent Judge Beau G. Liegeois, appointed by Governor Tony Evers in 2019, defeated challenger Andy Williams, a former county supervisor.[49][50]
  • In Chippewa County, incumbent Judge Steven R. Cray was not seeking re-election. Attorney Benjamin Lane defeated Chippewa Falls school board member Sharon Gibbs McIlquham.[44][51]
  • In Dodge County, incumbent Judge Steven G. Bauer was not seeking re-election. Attorney Kristine Snow defeated assistant district attorney James Sempf.[44][52]
  • In Florence and Forest Counties, incumbent two-term Judge Leon D. Stenz narrowly defeated former Judge Robert A. Kennedy, Jr., who he had previously defeated in 2008.[44]
  • In Marinette County, incumbent Judge David G. Miron was not seeking re-election. Court commissioner Jane Kopish Sequin defeated attorney Mike Perry.[44]
  • In Milwaukee County Branch 5, incumbent Judge Paul Dedinsky, appointed by Governor Scott Walker, was defeated by Brett Blomme, chairman of Milwaukee's zoning adjustment board, CEO of Cream City Foundation, and a former public defender.[44][53]
  • In Milwaukee County Branch 29, incumbent Daniel Gabler, appointed by Governor Scott Walker, was defeated by Rebecca Kiefer, an assistant district attorney.[44][54]
  • In Waukesha County, incumbent Judge Lee S. Dreyfus, Jr., was not seeking re-election. Jack Melvin defeated Sarah A. Ponath, both are attorneys.[44]
Circuit Branch Incumbent Elected Defeated Defeated in Primary
Name Votes % Name Votes % Name(s)
Barron 2 J. Michael Bitney J. Michael Bitney 8,981 99.77%
3 Maureen D. Boyle Maureen D. Boyle 8,962 99.79%
Brown 8 Beau G. Liegeois Beau G. Liegeois 29,035 55.62% Andy Williams 23,079 44.21%
Chippewa 3 Steven R. Cray Benjamin Lane 8,839 56.57% Sharon Gibbs McIlquham 6,774 43.35%
Dane 7 William E. Hanrahan William E. Hanrahan 127,673 98.86%
Dodge 1 Brian A. Pfitzinger Brian A. Pfitzinger 16,773 100.00%
4 Steven Bauer Kristine A. Snow 10,351 50.82% James T. Sempf 10,017 49.18%
Dunn 1 James M. Peterson James M. Peterson 8,283 100.00%
Eau Claire 2 Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher 20,246 99.19%
Florence–Forest Leon D. Stenz Leon D. Stenz 2,189 55.25% Robert A. Kennedy, Jr. 1,770 44.67%
Fond du Lac 1 Dale L. English Dale L. English 20,170 99.96%
Iron Anthony J. Stella, Jr. Anthony J. Stella, Jr. 1,927 99.02%
Juneau 2 Paul S. Curran Paul S. Curran 5,282 98.84%
Kenosha 3 Bruce E. Schroeder Bruce E. Schroeder 26,063 98.70%
Marathon 3 Lamont K. Jacobson LaMont K. Jacobson 26,455 99.31%
Marinette 1 David G. Miron Jane Kopish Sequin 5,397 51.30% Mike Perry 5,123 48.70%
Menominee–Shawano 1 James R. Habeck Tony A. Kordus 7,420 96.05%
Milwaukee 2 Milton L. Childs, Sr. Milton L. Childs, Sr. 127,585 99.10%
5 Paul Dedinsky Brett Blomme 99,091 58.28% Paul Dedinsky 70,005 41.17% Zach Whitney
7 Thomas J. McAdams Thomas J. McAdams 123,474 98.88%
16 Brittany Grayson Brittany Grayson 126,151 99.20%
24 Janet C. Protasiewicz Janet C. Protasiewicz 125,239 99.11%
27 Kevin E. Martens Kevin E. Martens 123,248 99.05%
29 Dan Gabler Rebecca Kiefer 122,798 70.60% Dan Gabler 50,602 29.09%
32 Laura Gramling Perez Laura Gramling Perez 126,227 99.15%
Oneida 1 Patrick F. O'Melia Patrick F. O'Melia 9,210 99.47%
Outagamie 2 Nancy J. Krueger Emily I. Lonergan 35,172 100.00%
3 Mitchell J. Metropulos Mitchell J. Metropulos 35,126 100.00%
St. Croix 1 Scott J. Nordstrand Scott J. Nordstrand 15,250 98.85%
Washburn Eugene D. Harrington Angeline E. Winton 4,034 99.60%
Washington 2 James K. Muehlbauer James K. Muehlbauer 31,757 100.00%
Waukesha 5 Lee S. Dreyfus, Jr. Jack Melvin 67,792 55.97% Sarah A. Ponath 53,059 43.81%
Waupaca 2 Vicki L. Clussman Vicki L. Clussman 10,664 99.63%
Wood 1 Gregory J. Potter Gregory J. Potter 16,270 99.47%

Constitutional Amendment

In the April election, Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Constitution of Wisconsin to enact the Wisconsin version of Marsy's Law. The amendment is intended to provide additional rights to victims of crimes, but the language of the Wisconsin referendum was criticized by legal experts as vague and misleading.[55]

Marsy's Law[46]
Candidate Votes %
Yes 1,106,399 75
No 370,941 25
Total votes 1,477,340 100

Local offices


  • After six-term incumbent mayor Tim Hanna announced he would not seek re-election, Appleton became the site of a contested mayoral race where Jake Woodford, a senior administrator at Appleton's Lawrence University, defeated former city council member James Clemons by a margin of a little over 10 percent. Woodford had received Mayor Hanna's endorsement in the days leading up to the election, in large part because Hanna believed Woodford was better suited to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Woodford was also noted for his youth, as he was just 29 years old at the time of his victory. [56]




Racine Schools Additional Funding[64]
Candidate Votes %
Yes 16,715 50.01%
No 16,711 49.99%
Total votes 33,426 100.0%


  • Incumbent Mayor Robert Mielke was defeated by Marathon County Supervisor Katie Rosenberg.[66]

See also


  1. ^ Apparent winner
  1. ^ Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
Partisan clients
  1. ^ The Restoration PAC is a 501 non-profit which supports Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign


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