Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. — winner. Faced with a $600,000 advertising blitz, Clarke not only came out on top but he beat his 2010 margin of victory. One GOP source said the sheriff will emerge “bigger and badder” than ever. Asked what office Clarke will seek next, one top Wisconsin official said, “Is God’s seat open?”
In truth, the calls for Clarke to take on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2016 have already started. But at an after-party get-together — somewhere between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. at Ma Fischer’s — a tired Clarke said a mayoral bid is a “completely different dynamic.” He has no interest in repeating the mistakes of his failed 2004 mayoral bid. Of note, he won the city by 624 votes on Tuesday against a second-tier candidate.