August dominates 32nd Assembly race
November 03, 2010 | 09:01 AM
Republican Tyler August won't be looking for a recount petition this time around.
In fact, late Tuesday night, August was enjoying some time with friends and supporters at the Waterfront Restaurant in the Abbey Resort in Fontana, as the vote tallies showed him comfortably in the lead over a Democratic and two independent challengers in the race for the state's 32nd Assembly District.
Late Walworth County results alone showed August up by more than two to one over his closest competitor, Democrat Doug Harrod, 65, Bloomfield Township.
Unofficial Walworth County tallies as of 11 p.m. showed August leading Harrod 10,101-4,842.
Independents Dan Kilkenny and Rick Pappas received 1,932 and 622, respectively.
By 9:30 p.m., August, 27, Walworth, was well ahead of Harrod.
August said he knew that he was doing well in his "stronghold area" of the Big Foot High School District, capturing 75 percent in the town of Walworth, 68 percent in village of Walworth and 66 percent in the village of Fontana with about 75 percent of the vote counted.
But August said he was also pleased that he did well in the city of Delavan, where Democrats have done well traditionally.
He credited Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis and Delavan resident Dan Necci, both Republicans who ran against August in the Republican primary, for helping him do well there.
All in all, August said, it was a clean campaign.
"We didn't get down in the muck," August said. "We focused on what we wanted to see in the 32nd District."
"I know Doug," August said. "He's a good guy. He should be proud of the race he ran."
August credited the straight ticket Republican voters in the 32nd District and the conservative wave that seems to have swept Wisconsin and the nation.
August voiced the conservative approach to state government, vowing to resign immediately if he ever voted to increase taxes.
At about 10:45 p.m. from Democratic Party Headquarters in Elkhorn, Harrod said he knew exactly why he finished second.
"We got caught up in a firestorm," he said.
Based on Harrod's review of the numbers, he only received about half the votes he received in 2008 when he ran against Republican Tom Lothian.
"Basically a lot of folks who voted in 2008 didn't vote this time," he said. "I guess a substantial number of people decided to show their displeasure by not voting."
Harrod said the Republicans were given a mandate and "we'll see what they do with that mandate."