Platteville supports Mary Burke in Republican Wisconsin; Voters favor Transportation Fund

Election results are in, and Wisconsin is solidly Republican. The City of Platteville, however, swung blue in the governor and State Senate races.

Trending in line with the red state, Grant County voted for incumbent governor Republican Scott Walker as he won the election with 50 percent of the vote. He has been elected to a second term as 52 percent of the state of Wisconsin stood with Walker. The City of Platteville’s district totals show opposing results, as Walker lost the city, receiving only 47 percent or 1,801 votes of the 3,851 total.

Walker’s main opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, lost with 47 percent in the state and 48 percent in the county. Mary Burke fared well in Platteville however, with 51 percent of the vote, outranking Walker with 1,965 total votes.

Other candidates for governor included Libertarian Robert Burke, who took 0.8 percent of the statewide vote, and People’s Party candidate Dennis Fehr with 0.4 percent. Robert Burke was more popular in the city than the state, winning , as he won 58 votes for 1.5 percent of the Platteville total, while Fehr received less than 1 percent, or 25 votes.

Republican Howard Marklein won the District 17 State Senate seat with 55 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Pat Bomhack who picked up 45 percent. The results were reversed in Platteville: Bomhack won the city 50 percent to Marklein’s 49 percent.

For State Assembly, Cuba City native and Republican Travis Tranel took the win by 61 percent, over University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate and Democratic candidate Chad Henneman with 39 percent of the vote. Henneman saw more support in Platteville, with 42 percent, while Tranel won 58 percent.

Wisconsin voters were also in favor of the State Transportation Fund Referendum, as 80 percent of votes said “yes.” This means that gasoline tax and other funds generated by the transportation industry will be used solely by the state for transportation-related expenses, instead of being funneled into other programs. Platteville’s results were similarly consistent, with 78 percent of voters in favor, 21 percent against.

Sources:,, City of Platteville General Election Results Districts 1-4, Wards 1-8