By Tim Kowols
The highest partisan primary turnout since at least 2002 is giving Door County Democrats a reason to smile heading towards November. According to Reuters, about 22 percent of the state’s voting population headed to the polls on Tuesday, exceeding the turnout in 2014 and 2016 by eight percentage points. Competitive races for the Democratic nomination for governor and the Republican nod for U.S. Senate led the way on the ballot. Door County Democratic Party Chairperson Will Gregory says the numbers of votes for each primary is not a surprise.
Over 1 million votes were cast during Tuesday’s election in Wisconsin, including 7,016 in Door County. According to the USA Today Network- Wisconsin, nearly 20 percent more votes were cast for the Democratic governor’s race than the contested Republican U.S. Senate election.