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Wittwer declares victory in 17th Senate District as Bomhack weighs possible recount

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Ernie Wittwer is declaring victory over Pat Bomhack in the 17th Senate District Democratic Primary, but the race is likely far from being over.

Just two votes separated the candidates on election night, but Wittwer saw his lead grow to seven on Tuesday.

Canvassing boards in the nine counties that make up the 17th District spent the day looking through the final absentee ballots and making sure the election night vote counts from each polling location were correct.  Iowa and eight other counties completed their canvass, helping Wittwer gain 5 more votes on Bomhack.

Bomhack will have to decide whether he wants to ask for a recount.  In an email to 27 News late Tuesday night, Bomhack said he would not be making any decision until consulting with the county clerks and the GAB.

The Democratic Party has a vested interest in this purple district.  The Senate seat has been held by moderate Republican Dale Schultz since 1991, but the district went to President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections.  Sen. Schultz chose to retire at the end of this year, rather than run in a primary against a much more conservative and much more well-funded candidate in Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green).  Marklein now awaits the eventual winner and will hold a large fundraising advantage over whomever emerges.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin officials say they are not taking a position on whether Bomhack should ask for a recount in the primary.

"I think it's always better to get going sooner rather than later, but ultimately, again, we're confident in the process and the local election officials will do their job, count every vote and if it comes down to a recount possibility, that's a decision that's up to the candidates themselves," said DPW Spokesperson Melissa Baldauff.
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