Candidates advance from Wisconsin statewide primary

The statewide primary election for Wisconsin was held on Feb. 21, 2023. Candidates competed to advance to the general election scheduled for April 4, 2023.

Candidates ran in elections for the following offices: 

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly advanced from the nonpartisan primary for Wisconsin Supreme Court, defeating Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow and Dane County Circuit Judge Everett Mitchell. With 99% of votes counted, Protasiewicz had received 46.4% of the vote and Kelly had received 24.2%. Dorow and Mitchell received 21.9% and 7.5%, respectively.
  • Wisconsin State Senate District 8 (special)
  • Representative Jodi Habush Sinykin ran uncontested in the Democratic primary, while Rep. Janel Brandtjen, Rep. Daniel Knodl, and Van Mobley competed in the Republican primary, with Knodl advancing to the general election after receiving 57.4% of the vote to Brandtjen’s 31.8% and Mobley’s 10.8%.
  • Ballotpedia also covered local elections in the following areas:
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

The primaries for Wisconsin Court of Appeals District I, Wisconsin Court of Appeals District IV, and Milwaukee County Circuit Court were canceled after fewer than three candidates filed for each election. The primaries for DeForest Area School District, Madison Metropolitan School District, McFarland School District, Middleton-Cross Plains School District, Milwaukee Public Schools, Sun Prairie Area School District, and Verona Area School District were canceled due to a lack of opposition. 

Wisconsin’s statewide primary was the 2nd to take place in the 2023 election cycle. The next statewide primary is on May 16 in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. 

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