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Canvass complete; Grothman wins GOP primary

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Glenn Grothman had his U-S House primary victory confirmed yesterday. An official canvass of last Tuesday's ballots had the Campbellsport Republican winning his Sixth District primary by 219 votes over fellow state Senator Joe Leibham of Sheboygan.

Grothman gained six votes from the unofficial Election Night returns, and Leibham gained one vote.

About 64,000 people voted in what was a four-way G-O-P primary. Grothman's winning margin was about one-third of one-percent, the smallest for the Wisconsin congressional contest since 1970. The canvass totals gave Grothman 23,247 votes, and Leibham 23,028. Leibham says he and his campaign staff will review the canvass results, then decide whether to seek a recount. For now, Grothman will face Democrat Mark Harris in November for the right to replace retiring House Republican Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.

Meanwhile, a recount begins tomorrow in the 87th Assembly District in northwest Wisconsin. Michael Bub asked for the recount, after losing by 17 votes to James Edming for the G-O-P nomination for the Assembly seat given up by Medford Republican Mary Williams.