The City of Merrill will have two new Aldermen. In District 1, Chris Malm defeated Dean Haas 166-103 after the incumbent Dan Heil did not run. District 6 went to Mark Peterson who was unopposed on the ballot following the death of Allan Gulke. Incumbent Dave Sukow opted to not run. In District 2, incumbent Steve Hass successfully held off a challenge from John Spiegelhoff, winning 218-58.
In the race for Merrill School Board, four of the five candidates were voted in. They are Jen Seliger, Brad Kanitz, Kelly Collins and Gene Bondioli. John R. Shull Jr. was defeated by 213 votes. Seliger was the top vote getter with 2,520.
In Tomahawk, Robert Lee remains the city’s mayor. He held off the challenge from Patricia Haskin to win 333-236. And Wausau’s mayor Jim Tipple also won re-election. He defeated challenger Ed Gale by a more than 2 to 1 margin. Gale remains on the Wausau City Council. All but 1 incumbent council members won reelection. Keene Winters defeated Gary Klingbeil in the 6th District 685 to 397.
Incumbent Robert Lussow narrowly defeated Brian Hafeman for Lincoln County’s District 14 seat. Lussow, the current Lincoln County Board Chair, edged Hafeman by just two votes, 139-137. Carl Vander Sanden topped Arlene Meyer 212-95 in District 20 and in District 21, Kortney Pike defeated E. Richard Simon.
With almost all the Wisconsin returns in, Romney won the statewide vote 43-to-38 percent over Santorum, with Ron Paul third at 12-percent and Newt Gingrich fourth at six-percent. That gave Romney all 18 statewide delegates, and he received 15 more by winning in five-of-the-eight congressional districts. Santorum won nine Wisconsin delegates by carrying the Third, Seventh, and Eighth congressional districts.
Santorum was the favored candidate in Lincoln County. He defeated Mitt Romney 2,001 to 1,345, or 44 to 30 percent.
Mitt Romney continued to pull away in the Republican presidential race yesterday, with a sweep of three primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington D-C. Romney now has more than half the available convention delegates so far with 658. The A-P’s national count shows Rick Santorum a distant second at 281. Almost six-of-every-10 delegates are in Romney’s pocket as the primary season just passed the halfway point.