MADISON (WKOW) -- Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin President, Mahlon Mitchell, won the Democratic primary for Wisconsin lieutenant governor with 52 percentof the vote.
Isaac Weix took 26 percent and Ira Robins took 22 percent.
When protests over collective bargaining began at the Capitol, Mahlon Mitchell was one of the more outspoken union voices against Governor Scott Walker's revised budget repair bill.
Mitchell is doing something he's never done before, run for political office. He admits, he never saw a life in politics before last year.
At a victory party Tuesday night in Madison, he told 27 News how he feels about this win.
"We had almost one million signatures for the governor's recall -- 850,000 for lieutenant governor recall. So I'm feeling great about it. There's no mistaking it, the state is divided, it's gunna be 50/50 but it's gonna come down to the wire," said Mitchell.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch spent Tuesday night alongside Governor Scott Walker in Waukesha.
"What many people will observe, is that I am the first lieutenant governor in national history to ever face a recall election. I will observe that I am going to be the first lieutenant governor in national history to be elected twice in my own term," said Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R-Wisconsin).
Kleefisch touted the reforms put in place under the governor, has saved the state $1 billion.
The general recall election is June 5.
MADISON (WKOW) – Madison firefighter Mahlon Mitchell has won the Democratic primary for Wisconsin lieutenant governor.
The Associated Press says Mahlon defeated Milwaukee private detective Ira Robins and protest candidate Isaac Weix. Mahlon, the leader of the statewide firefighters' union will now face Republican incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch. Kleefisch did not have a primary opponent.
The lieutenant governor's job does not carry any official duties, but the lieutenant governor would take over if the governor dies, leaves office early or is incapacitated.
Kleefisch and Republican Governor Scott Walker are facing recall elections that stem from Walker's law that eliminated collective-bargaining rights for most public employees.
The general election will be June 5.
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