Milwaukee mostly defies Republican wave

    While Democrats took a beating statewide Tuesday, Milwaukee pols were survivors, for the most part.
    Tom Barrett lost, but he has his job of Milwaukee mayor to go back to. Barrett said Wednesday he’ll be running for re-election to that office.
    U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) retained her seat and survived the wave in her safe Dem district. She beat Republican Dan Sebring with 69 percent of the vote.
    And most Milwaukee-area state legislators were able to buck the GOP trend, although Dem state Sen. Jim Sullivan bowed to Republican Leah Vukmir in the district that includes parts of Milwaukee, West Allis, Brookfield and Wauwatosa. Vukmir won 54 percent to 46 percent.
    Dem Chris Larson, who defeated incumbent Sen. Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee in a hard-fought primary, easily won his contest 57-43 over Republican Jess Ripp in the district that covers parts of Milwaukee’s east and south sides.

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