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Johnson-Barnes Senate race was top draw for La Crosse County voters in fall balloting

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The elections for U.S. Senate, House and Wisconsin governor were the top three races which brought voters to the polls in La Crosse County this fall.

The canvass of the November voting showed that over 55,000 votes were cast in the county, for each of those statewide or regional races. The votes for attorney general and a new La Crosse County sheriff rounded out the Top 5.

Turnout in La Crosse County was 81 percent.

Nearly 43,000 people cast votes for county clerk of court, even though Tammy Pedretti was the only candidate on the ballot. There were more than 4,000 write-in votes for clerk, with 2,893 of those going to recently appointed clerk Kelly Goyette.

The official canvass shows 55, 223 votes cast in the US Senate race, with Democrat Mandela Barnes receiving almost 6,300 more votes county-wide than winner, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

The second-highest vote total came in the governor’s race between Tony Evers and Tim Michels, getting one more vote than the battle between Derrick Van Orden and Brad Pfaff for 3rd District of the US House.

The only La Crosse County race which could qualify for a recount is the election for sheriff, where John Siegel finished 175 votes ahead of Fritz Leinfelder.

County clerk Ginny Dankmeyer says both men picked up one vote each in the official count, so the margin is still 175.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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