'Fake' Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Wins in Brookfield

Isaac Weix, the Republican running as a Democrat in the lieutenant governor race, finished first in the Democratic primary with 44 percent of vote. Weix also ran as a "fake" Democrat last July in a state Senate recall.

All the focus is on the prize in the state's recall landscape: Who will be governor?

But in the less-scrutinized lieutenant governor race, a "fake" Democratic candidate put up by the state Republican Party out-polled the two actual Democratic candidates.

Isaac Weix won 44 percent of the vote in Brookfield.

Mahlon Mitchell — who and will take on Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on June 5 — won 32 percent of the Brookfield vote, with Ira Robins earning 22 percent.

It was actually Weix's second time serving as a Republican Party protest candidate. in the recall against state Sen. Shelly Moore (D-River Falls). Weix lost to Moore but got 45 percent, and Moore went on to lose her seat to Republican Sheila Harsdorf.

The in order to make sure all recall races and general elections targeting Republicans were held on the same date.

The lieutenant results in Brookfield:

42 percent (2,434 votes) — Isaac Weix
32 percent (1,807 votes) — Mahlon Mitchell
22 percent (1,229 votes) — Ira Robins

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Rewriter May 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
For those of you not familiar with the Wisconsin political landscape, Brookfield is a Walker bastion, a GOP fortress. The vote for the fake Democrat in the primary was largely crossover mischief by Republicans, which is allowed in the open primary process here. Don't over-interpret the result as significant.
Walker May 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Fakes voting for fakes; nothing surprising about this in Brookfield.


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