Muskego's polls were busy before and during the elections on Tuesday, with registered voters showing up in strong numbers, averaging 91.4 percent turnout. (see attached table)
The city's 5th District polling station recorded the highest turnout at 92.13 percent, with the 6th District reporting a still-impressive 90.68 percent on the low end. Despite reports of overvoting causing problems elsewhere, only a handful of such incidents occurred on Tuesday.
Voters also came out in spite of road construction, cold temperatures, rain and later fog. A slow process in counting absentee ballots was perhaps the only minus on the day, as the nearly 7,000 ballots took until the wee hours of Wednesday to complete.
In the end, the Republicans maintained their stronghold in Muskego, which is part of one of Wisconsin's most conservative counties.
By comparison in 2008, the John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket won over the Barack Obama/Joe Biden ticket 9,332 to 5,057. The race in 2004 saw the Republican incumbents George W. Bush and Dick Cheney winning by an even larger margin over John Kerry and John Edwards 9,419 to 4,350. In each of those elections, the Democrats won Wisconsin's electoral votes, as they have in every election since 1984, when Ronald Reagan took the state.
Although Tuesday's turnout was higher than the state or national average, it falls between the last two presidential elections. In 2004, Muskego voters posted a remarkable 96 percent turnout, and 90 percent in 2008.
While the result was in contrast to the larger races for Tommy Thompson and Mitt Romney, the vote would mirror victories for Paul Ryan in the 1st Congressional District, Dave Craig in the 83rd State Assembly District and Mary Lazich in the 28th State Senate District.
Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan - 10,760
Barack Obama/Joe Biden - 4,597
Tommy Thompson - 10,450
Tammy Baldwin - 4,597
U.S. Congress - 1st District
Paul Ryan - 10,309
Rob Zerban - 3,867
State Senate - 28th District
Mary Lazich - 10,575
Jim Ward - 4,119
State Assembly - 83rd District
Dave Craig - 9,876
Jim Brownlow - 4,179
Waukesha County Clerk
Kathleen Novack - 10,308
Jessie Read - 3,862
OTHER ELECTION RESULTS
Statewide Results - Obama maintains Democratic winning streak in Wisconsin; Baldwin Wins over Thompson for senate; U.S. Congress races
National Results - Obama gets a second term
How Muskego elections went on election day