MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Stop the presses. A few hours after Glenn Grothman was declared the winner of the 6th District U.S. House primary, a more complete tally of the Sheboygan County votes made the race much tighter.
With 100 percent of the district's ballots counted, Grothman -- a state Senate Republican from Campbellsport -- had only a 215 vote lead over fellow Senator Joe Leibham with more than 64,000 votes tallied.
Leibham refused to accept the AP's declaration of a Grothman victory, saying too many wards in his home county of Sheboygan went uncounted.
His camp issued a statement around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday that Leibham will wait to pass judgment on the results until they're final.
Assembly Republican Duey Strobel finished third in the four-way primary with 26 percent. That's after the real estate developer spent $700,000 of his own money on the race.
Oshkosh retiree Tom Danow was a distant fourth.
Grothman had not commented on the overnight development. Earlier, he said the voters wanted "bold, conservative reforms."
The Republican winner faces Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris in November for the House seat given by up by 36-year GOP veteran Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)