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Primary election tomorrow expected to draw few voters

With the presidential race in high gear, we have not heard much about Tuesday's state, county and federal primaries throughout Wisconsin.

Election officials only expect a 15 percent turnout.

But 11 incumbents in the state Assembly will have primary challengers. Eight other Assembly seats will be decided, in primaries where the winners will run unopposed on the November ballot.

Jim Smith of the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee says Tuesday's contests will be big for his party.

The Democrats need to gain three seats this fall to win the majority in the lower house and perhaps total control of the Legislature and the governor's office.

Four of Wisconsin's eight U.S. House districts will have primaries.

Only one incumbent is being challenged, 30-year GOP veteran Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls. He's facing Concordia University professor Jim Burkee, who was endorsed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The paper called Burkee thoughtful, committed and principled, while Sensenbrenner split his own Republican party over immigration.

The paper said he refused to compromise on his failed bill to make it a felony to be in the U.S. illegally.