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Obama, McCain get Dairyland wins; Gherty, Cameron move on

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican candidate John McCain came out big winners in Tuesday's Wisconsin presidential primary.

With almost all precincts reporting, Obama gained 58 percent of the Democratic vote over rival Hillary Clinton who got only 41 percent of the vote.

On the Republican side McCain gained 55 percent over former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's 37 percent.

"Thank you, Wisconsin, for bringing us to the point when even a superstitious naval aviator can claim with confidence and humility that I will be our party's nominee for President," said McCain on his win.

In a speech to a crowd in Houston, Obama commented on the civic spirit of Wisconsinites.

"In Wisconsin they have a lot of civic spirit. It's 5 degrees up there and they still did their civic duty and went to the polls and voted," said Obama.

Obama received about three times as many votes as McCain.

However, that meant nothing, since the Democrats had the closer race and some Republicans used the open primary to put up who they thought would be the weaker candidate against McCain, according to exit polls.

In the highest profile local race Mark Gherty and Howard Cameron will move on to compete for the newly-created Branch 4 circuit court judge position in St. Croix County. The two will compete for the post in the April 1 election.

In the race Gherty gained 4,593 votes with Cameron coming second with 3,074 votes.

Carol L. Law had 2,395 votes in that race while Charles Harris got 2,107 votes and Ken Sortedahl earned 1,500 votes.

For the St. Croix County supervisor seat Shane Demulling had the most votes with 143 while Lauren Stephens came in second with 68 votes and Stan Krueger got 56 votes.

Demulling and Stephens will now move on to the April 1 election.

In the area Obama took St. Croix County with 5,468 votes surpassing Clinton's 4,899 votes.

Obama also took Pierce County winning by a margin of 3,076 votes to Clinton's 2,583 Clinton won by a narrow margin of 1,973 votes to Obama's 1,907.

Obama also won in Dunn and Pepin counties, but Clinton won in Polk.

On the Republican side McCain won St. Croix County with 2,459 votes compared to Huckabee's 1,597 votes.

In Pierce County McCain gained 912 votes to Huckabee's 642.

Huckabee won in Dunn and Pepin counties, but McCain won in Polk County.