The Associated Press is projecting that Tony Evers has won the Dem nomination for guv.

The AP also has projected UW Regent Bryan Steil will win the GOP nomination for the 1st CD.

Meanwhile, Dem Reps. Fred Kessler and Josh Zepnick lost their Dem primary races.

With 100 percent of the vote in, attorney Marisabel Cabrera has 1,982 votes, or 64.1 percent, to 1,110 votes, or 35.9 percent for Zepnick, according to unofficial returns.

Zepnick beat Cabrera by 149 votes two years ago. But he has since faced allegations that he kissed two women against their will at Dem Party events. In an interview with WisPolitics.com ahead of the primary, Zepnick sought to downplay the allegations, saying they occurred during a time when he was still drinking and insisted his constituents had moved past them.

“I don’t think that what happened over essentially a period of five seconds in my life should define my entire career, let alone cause me to not be able to serve,” Zepnick said.

But Cabrera created a website https://timesupjosh.com/ that focused on the allegations with the bottom of the site reading, “SEXUAL HARASSER. UNFIT TO REPRESENT US.”

Cabrera declared victory shortly after 9 p.m.

“I am humbled and honored to be the next member of the State Assembly from District 9,” she said. “I can’t wait to get to work fighting for the rights of all Wisconsinites, and ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare and education.”

In the 12th AD, MPS teacher LaKeshia Myers had 3,709 votes, of 59.3 percent, to 2,545 votes, or 40.7 percent, for Kessler.

Myers was outraised by Kessler more than 2-to-1 through the end of July. But she benefited from $57,557 in mailers and online ads from Leadership MKE, a group with ties to County Exec Chris Abele.

Kessler was one of several white Dems who represented majority-minority Assembly districts this session. The website statisticalatlas.com, a website that breaks down data from the 2010 U.S. Census, pegs the district at 55 percent African-American. Myers is African-American.

Rep. Evan Goyke, another white Milwaukee Dem representing a minority-majority district, also drew a primary challenger. But with 100 percent of the vote in, he beat Travis Spell with almost 75 percent of the vote.

 

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