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Small turnout expected for today's primary election in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It's primary election day in Wisconsin.

The statewide contests have not generated much excitement, and officials predict a 15 percent voter turnout.

The biggest item on the ballot is a three-way Democratic primary for the open attorney general's post. Lawmaker Jon Richards and prosecutors Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne are running for a spot on the November ballot against Republican prosecutor Brad Schimel.

The most hotly-contested primary has been for the open U.S. House seat in eastern Wisconsin, where 4 Republicans hope to replace retiring GOP incumbent Tom Petri. State lawmakers Glenn Grothman, Duey Strobel, and Joe Leibham are running, along with retired technical college instructor Tom Denow.

For governor, Democrat Mary Burke faces long shot opposition from Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey -- although Burke has ignored Hulsey and focused instead on trying to beat Republican Scott Walker in November.

State Senate Democrat John Lehman and activist Mary Jo Walters are running for their party's lieutenant governor nomination.

There are also GOP primaries for state treasurer and secretary of state -- but there's been little interest, after lawmakers have stripped both jobs of virtually all their duties.

There are also numerous primaries for state Legislature and county offices. All polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)