Caledonia Stayed Red In 2012 Election
Caledonia voters came out in droves to the polls on Tuesday. So, if only Caledonia voters decided who would take office, they'd lean slightly more to the right than the left.
Voter turnout in Caledonia was high with 15,409 of the 17,390 registered voters, or 88.69 percent, coming out to the polls.
All in all, the day was relatively drama free.
In the morning, Bill Folk, chairman for the Racine County Republican Party, said St. Andrews Lutheran Church was the busiest he's ever seen.
"The line was out the door," Folk said. "I talked to the Obama polling observer and he said it’s been that busy since 7 a.m. The poll workers there are phenomenal and there were no issues with voters or the election observers that were there."
At the community center in Caldonia, 131 voters cast their ballots by 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, with dozens of residents standing in line still waiting.
Chief Elections Inspector Ed Ball said lines have been out to the street since the polls opened, but there haven't been any major hitches yet. He said he expects the 3,300 people registered at that polling location to show up to vote in the election, but said that isn't a surprise.
"It's like this every presidential year," Ball said. "Everyone comes out of the woodwork."
Tootie Blaesing, the polling inspector at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Caledonia, said they've had some absentee ballots had four of the seven candidates marked and some had six out of seven candidates marked.
By 6:15 p.m., chief election inspector Pat Isaacson said 2378 of the village’s almost 2,700 registered voters have already cast a ballot at Franksville United Methodist Church, including early absentee voters.
Although the lines were very short and quiet, Isaacson said the turnout of voters was typical for a presidential election and was very pleased.
“This is great.” Isaacson said. “We had long lines when we opened, and then again after 5 p.m.”
Isaacson noted that the 794 early absentee ballots they received were the most they’ve ever had.
Here’s how busy the polling places were yesterday:
Voter turnout in Caledonia by polling place
Percentage of turnout
|St. Louis Church||90|
|Franksville United Methodist Church||88|
|St. Andrew Lutheran Church||88|
|East Side Community Center||89|
|Prince of Peace||89|
Here's how Caledonia voted:
|Race||Democratic Candidate||Results||Republican Candidate||Results|
|U.S. Senate||Tammy Baldwin||6,524||Tommy Thompson||8,064|
|1st Congressional District||Ron Zerban
||6,068||Paul Ryan (I)
|62nd State Assembly District||Melissa Lemke||6,265||Thomas Weatherston||7,635|
|63rd State Assembly District||Kelley Albrecht||203||Robin Vos (I)||343
Caledonia also continued its track record for picking Republicans for president.
In 2008 Caledonia residents chose Sen. John McCain over President Barack Obama 7,837 to 6,829. In 2004, Caledonia chose Former President Gerge W. Bush over Sen. John Kerry 8,689 to 6,088. And in 2000, Caledonia chose Former President Gerge W. Bush over Al Gore 7,260 to 5,248.
Here are the links to our other election stories throughout the day Tuesday.
Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) wins against Melissa Lemke, a Democrat out of Racine.