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How Sheriff Clarke Won. Again.
Early results show the get-tough lawman sweeping the southern suburbs.


Clarke and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on CNN in early 2013

Unofficial ward totals released by Milwaukee County show Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke holding onto office by dint of strong showings in the southern reaches of the county, capturing the suburbs of Greendale, Hales Corners, Cudahy, Greenfield, Oak Creek, and St. Francis, all municipalities that went for Moews in 2010.

The Milwaukee Police detective has run two low-key campaigns against the conservative personality, labeled a DINO (Democrat in name only) by many. After four years of outspoken stands on gun rights, and even the role of citizens in responding to their own emergencies, Clarke appears to have weakened his position on the North Shore. The sheriff won Bayside 56-44 in 2010 but lost it to Moews by the same margin on Tuesday, according to the unofficial totals. Clarke also lost his grip on Glendale, and sank further in Shorewood, where Moews won almost 80 percent of the vote.

Here are charts comparing the Moews/Clarke match-up from 2010 and the unofficial (and incomplete) results from Tuesday's election. The most up-to-date totals show Clarke winning 52-48, as compared to 53-47 in 2010. Perhaps most importantly, Clarke appears to have maintained his edge in the City of Milwaukee by a razor's edge.

The sheriff has enjoyed strong support from conservative talk radio and cross-over votes during Wisconsin's open primaries. Former Gov. Scott McCallum first appointed Clarke to the office of sheriff in 2002, launching his reign of incumbency. (Also see Kurt Chandler's 2008 profile of Clarke.)

Anti-Clarke ads paid for by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee ($150,000), and others rumored to have been bankrolled by County Executive Chris Abele, a wealthy Clarke opponent, failed to turn the tide in Moews' favor.

2010 Moews Clarke Moews Clarke
Bayside Clarke 140 179 43.9% 56.1%
Brown Deer Clarke
344 603 36.3% 63.7%
Fox Point Moews 292 239 55.0% 45.0%
Greendale Moews
567 357 61.4% 38.6%
Hales Corners Moews
174 153 53.2% 46.8%
River Hills Clarke
44 51 46.3% 53.7%
Shorewood Moews
852 405 67.8% 32.2%
West Milwaukee Clarke
56 80 41.2% 58.8%
Whitefish Bay Moews
557 437 56.0% 44.0%
Cudahy Moews
807 687 54.0% 46.0%
Franklin Moews
745 629 54.2% 45.8%
Glendale Clarke
620 694 47.2% 52.8%
Greenfield Moews
1,088 1,044 51.0% 49.0%
Milwaukee Clarke
15,377 20,176 43.3% 56.7%
Oak Creek Moews
856 739 53.7% 46.3%
St. Francis Moews
414 365 53.1% 46.9%
South Milwaukee Clarke
886 931 48.8% 51.2%
Wauwatosa Moews
1,623 1,383 54.0% 46.0%
West Allis Clarke
1,285 1,387 48.1% 51.9%
TOTALS Clarke
26,727 30,539 46.7% 53.3%


2014 UNOFFICIAL Moews Clarke Moews Clarke
Bayside Moews
513 407 55.8% 44.2%
Brown Deer Clarke
921 1332 40.9% 59.1%
Fox Point Moews
851 622 57.8% 42.2%
Greendale Clarke
1,290 1575 45.0% 55.0%
Hales Corners Clarke
458 810 36.1% 63.9%
River Hills Clarke
164 219 42.8% 57.2%
Shorewood Moews
2,477 654 79.1% 20.9%
West Milwaukee Clarke
131 208 38.6% 61.4%
Whitefish Bay Moews
1,678 1325 55.9% 44.1%
Cudahy Clarke
1,172 1303 47.4% 52.6%
Franklin - - - -
Glendale Moews
1,589 1303 54.9% 45.1%
Greenfield Clarke
960 1468 39.5% 60.5%
Milwaukee Clarke
29,181 29805 49.5% 50.5%
Oak Creek Clarke
1,426 2418 37.1% 62.9%
St. Francis Clarke
678 713 48.7% 51.3%
South Milwaukee Clarke
1,249 1667 42.8% 57.2%
Wauwatosa Moews
2,659 2399 52.6% 47.4%
West Allis Clarke
2,066 3262 38.8% 61.2%


Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the state rules for name placement on ballots. Thanks to the diligent reader for catching the error.



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bruf Posted: 8/13/2014 4:32:05 PM
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Why do I smell sulfur every time I see the name of Chris Kliesmet on a political commercial. Did he activate the old policeman's union network? bruf
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