Alberta Darling Gets More Votes Than Mitt Romney in Falls

Republican state senator was the most popular GOP candidate on the ballot in the village.

To no one’s great surprise, Republicans swept offices in Menomonee Falls during last week’s election. But who was most and least popular candidate with Falls’ voters?

The answer: State Sen. Alberta Darling was the most popular GOP candidate, while U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner was the least, although he had a stronger Democratic challenger.

State Reps. Don Pridemore and Dan Knodl earned fewer votes than Sensenbrenner, but their tallies don't really count because those districts didn’t include all Falls’ wards.

In fact, Darling received almost 2,000 votes more than GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the village.

In the unopposed countywide races, more Falls’ voters supported Treasurer Pamela Reeves than District Attorney Brad Schimel and Register of Deeds James R. Behrend.

The most popular Democratic candidates?

More people in the Falls preferred President Barack Obama than Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin, and more people voted for Baldwin than Sensenbrenner’s Democratic opponent Dave Heaster. However, the Democratic candidate for county clerk, Jessie Read, received more votes than Heaster did.

Oddly, Sensenbrenner was the least popular Republican, and Heaster the least popular Democrat, not counting a registered write-in, indicating that a number of people who voted in other races sat this one out.

When it comes to third-party candidates, they gained almost no traction in the Falls, but of them, the Libertarians do a little better than the others, and the socialists do the worst.

Just six people cast ballots Nov. 6 for socialist candidates.

Ward 22 had the highest voter turnout in the Falls, recording 97.9 percent turnout, meaning that only 16 of the 763 registered voters in that ward did not vote (overall turnout in Menomonee Falls was 93.6 percent).

Mitt Romney was a little more popular than Senate candidate Tommy Thompson in the Falls in terms of votes cast. However, Obama earned more votes than Baldwin

Republicans – total votes earned in the Falls

  • State Sen. Alberta Darling, 16,400
  • County Treasurer Pamela Reeves, 15,757
  • County Register of deeds, James Behrend, 15,325
  • County District Attorney Brad Schimel, 14,615
  • Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, 14,431.
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson, 14,170.
  • County Clerk Kathleen Novack, 13,894
  • Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, 13,576.

Don Pridemore had 11,701 votes (district doesn’t count all Falls’ wards).

Democrats – total votes earned in the falls

  • President Barack Obama, 7,855
  • U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, 7,570
  • County Clerk candidate Jessie Read, 6,189
  • Congressional candidate Dave Heaster, 5,517
  • State Senate candidate Beth Lueck (registered write-in), 0

Third party

  • Joseph Kexel (Libertarian, Senate), 392
  • Gary Johnson (Libertarian, president), 113
  • Nimrod Y.U. Allen III (Independent, Senate), 83
  • Virgil Goode (Constitution, president), 35
  • Jill Stein (Independent, Green, president), 31.
  • Gloria La Riva (Party for Socialism and Liberation, president) 5
  • Jerry White (Socialist Equality Party, president) 1
  • Riley J. Hood (registered write-in, Constitution, Senate), 0
  • Diane E. Lorbiecki (registered write-in, Independent, Senate), 0
Steve ® November 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
►Just six people cast ballots Nov. 6 for socialist candidates.◄ rrr wrong. President Barack Obama, 7,855 U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, 7,570 So you've got about 7,800 people that voted for a socialist.
Jerry November 12, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Move on. Respect the office, understand the process. Do we have to hear the whining for 4 years. The majority have spoken. That would be popular vote and electoral college!
Gary Tefft November 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
In the Rhode Island town where my 3-times-great grandfather lived, there were 68 votes cast in opposition to ratification of the U.S. Constitution. There was only one vote in favor. Someone other than my ancestor claimed to have cast the single affirmative vote. The particular objections held by those who voted in opposition has not been recorded in the local historical accounts, but it is generally known that religious freedom was one of the founding principles of colonial Rhode Island and that the lack of protections in the body of the Constitution for this and other individual rights was objected to generally in Rhode Island and elsewhere. Rhode Island was the last of the 13 States to ratify the Constitution. The Constitution was amended shortly after its ratification to include the Bill of Rights.
Awake! November 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM
SInce this is national veterans month...please support our troops...we're going to need them to overthrow the government...
Richard November 13, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Jerry, Thank you for your sarcastic response and opinion which under our current constitution you are entitled to. As for the whining and childlike behavior I suggest you review how Democrats and Liberals acted in Wisconsin the past two years. So I guess that I can deduce from your response that you may be an Obama supporter, good, then I can further deduce that you may embrace lying and deceitful actions as acceptable actions. May I suggest some enlightening reading material for your self edification, a book titled "How do you kill 11 million people" by Andy Andrews, is a good start, check it out.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) November 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) November 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM
If you voted third party, F you. If you voted for democrats, F you. Thank you.
Steve ® November 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
You're damn right!
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) November 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Can he be recalled? He sure as hell can be removed, or at least impeached for all his treachery. Last I looked, 20 states have filed petitions to secede from the country. Well done Obama.
Craig November 17, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Correction Nuitari: all 50 have


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