Thin margin splits GOP 45th candidates
JANESVILLE Voters turned out in droves Tuesday to pick between three Republican candidates in the 45th Assembly District.
Still, only 19 votes separated Jeff Klett from unofficial winner Amy Loudenbeck.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has put the district on a short list of those likely for recounts across the state, Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said.
And Klett on Wednesday told the Gazette that if the tally remains at 19 after the count is certified, he will petition for a recount.
In five municipalities within the district, voter turnout was so high that poll workers ran out of ballots, Stottler said. Between the five districts, about 100 ballots were photocopied and hand counted, she said.
Stottler and her staff spent Wednesday sorting through the election results and looking for glaring errors, she said. The Rock County Board of Canvass could need all day Thursday and part of Friday to certify the vote, Stottler said.
Once that is done, Klett would have three business days to file paperwork for a recount petition, Stottler said. That likely puts the deadline at the end of the business day Wednesday, she said.
Loudenbeck of Clinton Township and Klett of Beloit faced off against Jim Reseburg of Beloit. They earned 1,655, 1,636 and 755 votes, respectively.
The district includes Harmony, Turtle, Clinton, Bradford and La Prairie townships as well as the village of Clinton, the city of Beloit and a slice of Janesville’s east side. It also includes Richmond Township in Walworth County.
Klett beat Loudenbeck in Rock County. However, Loudenbeck won Richmond Township 153-44.
On the Democratic ticket, town of Turtle resident Roger Anclam beat city of Beloit resident Rick Valdez 1,570 to 623.
The five ran to replace Beloit Democrat Chuck Benedict, who is not seeking re-election.