Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Five spots of blue in reliably red county

November 15, 2012

ELKHORN — On election maps, Walworth County is deep red territory.

So, not surprisingly, Walworth County voters selected the Republican candidate for president at the top of the ticket and the Republican candidate for register of deeds at the bottom of it.

Overall, in the presidential election 55.6 percent of Walworth County voters supported Gov. Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden earned 43.1 percent of the vote.

However, five Walworth County municipalities were blue on Election Day. Obama carried the cities of Delavan, Lake Geneva and Whitewater and the villages of Darien and Sharon.

Four of those communities also supported Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin in her race for the United States Senate. The exception was the village of Darien.

Romney’s largest margin of victory in Walworth County was in the town of East Troy, where more than 70 percent of the voters cast their ballots in support of him.

In the village of East Troy 62.8 percent voter supported Romney.

Eleven municipalities supported Romney by a margin greater than 60 percent: the villages of East Troy, Fontana and Mukwonago and the towns of East Troy, LaFayette, LaGrange, Linn, Lyons, Spring Prairie, Troy and Walworth.

Oddly enough, in the constant paradox that is Wisconsin politics, of the five communities that supported Obama for president, four of them supported Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the June recall election.

The city of Whitewater was the only municipality in Walworth County to support Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in that race.

In the race for the United States Congressional District 1, Ryan won Walworth County with a comfortable margin of 61.55 percent.

Of the five Walworth County communities that supported Obama, four of them favored Ryan in his re-election race to the House of Representatives.

The city of Whitewater, and part of the town, are in Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s district.

Other races

In races for the state assembly, Incumbent Republican Tyler August, Geneva Township, carried every community in Walworth County where his name appeared on the ballot.

Incumbent Republican Amy Loudenbeck, Clinton, carried nearly every Walworth County community where her name appeared on the ballot.

Democrat Ryan Shroeder, Delavan, won 53.3 percent of the vote in the village of Darien.

In the race for the Walworth County Register of Deeds, Republican Donna Pruess comfortably won election.

Democrat Sue Finster won the cities of Whitewater and Delavan and the village of Darien.

By community

Election results also show that Romney had the support of the towns and villages in Walworth County. When just looking at the townships, Romney received 14,815 votes, which is 61.9 percent.

With the villages, Romney received 57.24 percent of the vote.

Obama carried three of the four cities in Walworth County and 52.7 percent of the vote. Romney was supported 53.4 percent in the city of Elkhorn, which was the only city Romney carried.