Author: Sam Buisman
Kelda Roys wins her primary race for State Senate while Francesca Hong holds the lead in her primary for State Assembly.
According to the Dane County Clerk’s Office, Roys held a nearly 6,000-vote lead over Nada Elmikashfi around 9:30 P.M. on Tuesday when Elmikasfi conceded the race to Roys. At press time, Hong holds a roughly 600-vote lead over Tyrone Williams in the Democratic primary for the 76th District State Assembly seat, but neither candidate has declared victory nor bowed out of the race.
Samba Baldeh is in the lead by 2,000 votes in the Democratic primary for Assembly District 48, and Sondy Pope is out front in the Democratic primary for Assembly District 80. Additionally, Lisa Subeck and Melissa Sargent currently hold insurmountable leads for their respective Democratic primaries.
In the county’s only contested Republican primary, that of Senate District 14, Joan Ballweg triumphed over Ken Van Dyke, Sr. by a 23-point margin.
According to the Dane County Clerk’s Office, with 87% of precincts reporting, voter turnout in Dane County for the partisan primary is shaping up to be over 30%. While this may rival Dane County’s turnout for its last partisan primary in 2018, which bolstered 39.6% turnout, it pales in comparison to the 2020 Spring Primary, which netted 55.8% of eligible voters.
As more official results come in, we will report them right here, on WSUM.