Burke, Happ, Lehman, Grothman among notable winners in Tuesday's Primary Election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke says nothing will change in her campaign for governor even though she is now officially the Democratic Party's nominee.

Burke easily defeated state Rep. Brett Hulsey in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

Burke now will officially face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 general election.

Burke tells The Associated Press in a phone interview from Rhinelander where she is campaigning that her game plan remains the same. She says she's making sure the people get to know her and what her plans will be as governor.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, says that Walker has been a "transformative leader for Wisconsin and the state is better for it." Christie is expected to campaign in Wisconsin soon.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Sen. John Lehman of Racine has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Lehman defeated Madison activist Mary Jo Walters in Tuesday's primary. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch had no challenger for the Republican nomination.

Lehman is a former high school teacher who served eight years in the state Assembly and four in the state Senate before losing in 2010. However, he ran in the June 2012 recall election and defeated Republican Van Wanggaard.

Rather than run against Wanggaard this year in a district that was redrawn and now favors Republicans, Lehman ran for lieutenant governor.

Walters became politically active during the 2011 union fight and frequently attended protests in the Capitol.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ has won the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

She beat Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Rep. Jon Richards, of Milwaukee in Tuesday's primary.

Happ will face Republican Brad Schimel in the Nov. 4 general election. Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney, is the only GOP candidate in the race. Incumbent Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen isn't seeking a third term.

Happ's victory comes in her first statewide run for office. Richards had been in the state Assembly since 1999 and gave up his seat to run for attorney general.

Happ's only campaign ad so far featured her riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- State Sen. Glenn Grothman has defeated three other Republicans in a hard-fought primary race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri.

Grothman presented himself to voters as one of the hardest-working lawmakers in the Legislature, with 60 bills signed into law by Republican. Gov. Walker.

He was known even before the campaign as an outspoken critic of affirmative action, welfare benefits, early sex education and abortion. He has opposed the Common Core education standards adopted by Wisconsin and other states and one of his campaign goals is to abolish the U.S. Department of Education.

Grothman defeated two other state lawmakers -- Sen. Joe Leibham (LEYE'-bahm) and Rep. Duey Stroebel.

Grothman will face Winnebago County executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, and Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf in the general election.

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