Port Washington and Saukville voters followed county trends in voting for Eric Hovde in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary race, despite former Gov. Tommy Thompson coming out ahead statewide.
Thompson won the race with 34 percent of the vote, according to counts on JSOnline.com. Hovde had 31 percent statewide, but won Ozaukee County with 36 percent.
In the town of Port Washington there was overwhelming support for Hovde, where voters gave him 42 percent of the vote. The town of Saukville voted Hovde with 37 percent; he garnered about 32 percent of the vote in both the city of Port and village of Saukville.
Here's breakdown of local votes in the U.S. Senate primary race:Thompson Hovde Neumann Fitzgerald Town of Port 28% 42% 12.5% 16.5% Town of Saukville 26.5% 37.5% 17% 19.5% Village of Saukville 24.5% 32% 13.5% 18.5%
City of Port26.5% 32% 12.5% 16.5%
Voter turnout in the town of Saukville was the highest in the area, with 35 percent of residents heading to the polls. In the town of Port, about 30 percent hit the polls. The city of Port Washington saw a 25 percent voter turnout, and the village of Saukville trickled behind with a 24 percent turnout.
Thompson will face Democrat Tammy Baldwin in November general election, when voters can decide who will take the retiring Herb Kohl's seat in the US Senate.