Stephen Smith, D-Shell Lake, defeated incumbent Roger Rivard, R-Rice Lake, in the race for the 75th District Assembly seat in the Wisconsin Legislature.

The final totals of 54 precincts recorded 14,361 votes for Smith and 13,779 for Rivard.

The redrawn 75th District includes all of Barron County as well as townships in Dunn, St. Croix, Polk, Burnett and Washburn counties.

In Barron County, Smith edged Rivard by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin, and beat the incumbent by a 2,180 to 1,740-vote margin in Rivard’s hometown of Rice Lake.

In the only other local race, Republican challenger Margo Katterhagen easily unseated incumbent Joyce Kaseno in the contest for Barron County Register of Deeds, a race in which the County Board’s concerns with the incumbent’s job performance was an issue.

The final tally was 12,583 votes for Katterhagen to 8,726 for Kaseno.

Voters in the town of Clinton approved an ordinance that will let town supervisors appoint the town clerk, ending the practice of electing the clerk.

By a 60 percent to 40 percent margin, Turtle Lake School District voters approved a referendum to raise local property taxes about $1.8 million over the next five years.

Barron County District Attorney Angela Beranek, Clerk of Court DeeAnn Cook and Treasurer Yvonne Ritchie won unopposed elections.

In the 7th District congressional election, incumbent Republican Sean Duffy prevailed over Democratic challenger Patrick Kreitlow both in Barron County and throughout the district. Duffy had 202,173 votes to 158,032 for Kreitlow.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin beat Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson in a he race for a United States Senate seat.

Baldwin edged Thompson by a scant 156 votes out of more than 20,000 ballots in Barron County. Statewide, Baldwin collected 1.54 million votes to 1.37 million for Thompson, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

President Barack Obama defeated his GOP challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, both in the national election and in Wisconsin.

Romney edged Obama in Barron County by a margin of 11,413 to 10,883 votes. Statewide, the margin was 1.6 million votes for Obama to 1.4 million for Romney, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

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