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It was a festive atmosphere outside Antigo City Hall this morning, as voters flocked to the polls to cast ballots in one of the mostly hotly-contested midterm elections, maybe ever.

And across from City Hall, in the SS. Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church parking lot, the Antigo Optimist Club cheese curd stand was doing a brisk business, selling the deep-fried treats with funds going to support youth programs.

“It's a very festive atmosphere,” Clerk-Treasurer Kaye Matucheski said as voters streamed into the City Hall polls. “Everyone has a very good attitude.”

And while cheese curds were a bit unusual, voters in precincts across the state munched on muffins, cookies and other goodies brought by poll workers, a tradition in some communities.

As of the Journal's traditional noon count, 1,442 voters had cast ballots in the city's nine wards. That compares favorable to the number in last year's presidential election, with 1,684 votes at noon, and eclipses the last midterm race, which also included a governor's contest, with 1,115 votes at lunch.

Vote breakdown includes Ward1: 139; Ward 2, 187; Ward 3, 148; Ward 4, 144; Ward 5: 119; Ward 6: 135; Ward 7: 217; Ward 8, 154; Ward 9, 199.

Absentee ballots are also running high, with 444 cast as of Friday. That compares to 600 in the 2016 presidential election and 250 in the 204 midterm.

“We expected this to be a large turnout based on the number of absentee ballots we had,” Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Jeanne Jensen said.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says more than 547,000 absentee ballots have already been returned for this election, breaking a record set in 2014 for a midterm election.

Polls today opened statewide starting at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the cheese curd wagon will be across the street from City Hall until supplies run out. Platters of cookies and muffins in other districts probably were empty by noon.

The ballot is technically topped by the tightly contested race between GOP incumbent Scott Walker and challenger Tony Evers, but many pundits say it is actually a referendum on President Donald Trump, and he has been stumping hard across the nation, including a stop in Mosinee a couple weeks ago.

Adding spice to that race is Antigo native Maggie Turnbull, who has run a strong campaign as an independent and who is in town today planning a post-vote get-together with supporters tonight.

Also on the ballot, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces Republican Leah Vukmir; Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel squares off against Democratic attorney Josh Kaul; Democrat Randy Bryce faces Republican Bryan Steil in the race to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan in south-central Wisconsin; and Republican control of the state Assembly and Senate is up for grabs with races all across the state.

The local ballot also includes:

Sheriff Mark Westen against challenger Joe Stegall.

Seventh Congressional District incumbent Sean Duffy, a Republican, challenged by Margaret Engebretson.

35th Assemblyman Mary Czaja-Felzkowski challenged by Democrat Mark Martello.

and an advisory referendum on whether the state should allow medical marijuana under controlled conditions.

It's too soon to tell what impact overcast skies, light rain, drizzle and snow showers will have on turnout this Election Day in Wisconsin, with voting traditionally increasing after working hours.

In addition to rain gear, voters will need to bring identification to the polls. That could be a Wisconsin driver's license, a state-issued photo ID card, a U.S. military ID card, a tribal ID card, a U.S. passport or a student photo ID issued by a Wisconsin university with an expiration date no later than two years after the date of issue.
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Dr. Maggie Turnbull, an Antigo native and independent candidate for governor, sampled some Optimist club cheese curds at the Antigo polls this morning. Sarah Repp is dishing up the deep fried treats.

Big turnout at the Antigo polls today
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It was a festive atmosphere outside Antigo City Hall this morning, as voters flocked to the polls to cast ballots in one of the mostly hotly-contested midterm elections, maybe ever.

And across from City Hall, in the SS. Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church parking lot, the Antigo Optimist Club cheese curd stand was doing a brisk business, selling the deep-fried treats with funds going to support youth programs.

“It's a very festive atmosphere,” Clerk-Treasurer Kaye Matucheski said as voters streamed into the City Hall polls. “Everyone has a very good attitude.”

And while cheese curds were a bit unusual, voters in precincts across the state munched on muffins, cookies and other goodies brought by poll workers, a tradition in some communities.

As of the Journal's traditional noon count, 1,442 voters had cast ballots in the city's nine wards. That compares favorable to the number in last year's presidential election, with 1,684 votes at noon, and eclipses the last midterm race, which also included a governor's contest, with 1,115 votes at lunch.

Vote breakdown includes Ward1: 139; Ward 2, 187; Ward 3, 148; Ward 4, 144; Ward 5: 119; Ward 6: 135; Ward 7: 217; Ward 8, 154; Ward 9, 199.

Absentee ballots are also running high, with 444 cast as of Friday. That compares to 600 in the 2016 presidential election and 250 in the 204 midterm.

“We expected this to be a large turnout based on the number of absentee ballots we had,” Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Jeanne Jensen said.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says more than 547,000 absentee ballots have already been returned for this election, breaking a record set in 2014 for a midterm election.

Polls today opened statewide starting at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the cheese curd wagon will be across the street from City Hall until supplies run out. Platters of cookies and muffins in other districts probably were empty by noon.

The ballot is technically topped by the tightly contested race between GOP incumbent Scott Walker and challenger Tony Evers, but many pundits say it is actually a referendum on President Donald Trump, and he has been stumping hard across the nation, including a stop in Mosinee a couple weeks ago.

Adding spice to that race is Antigo native Maggie Turnbull, who has run a strong campaign as an independent and who is in town today planning a post-vote get-together with supporters tonight.

Also on the ballot, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces Republican Leah Vukmir; Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel squares off against Democratic attorney Josh Kaul; Democrat Randy Bryce faces Republican Bryan Steil in the race to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan in south-central Wisconsin; and Republican control of the state Assembly and Senate is up for grabs with races all across the state.

The local ballot also includes:

Sheriff Mark Westen against challenger Joe Stegall.

Seventh Congressional District incumbent Sean Duffy, a Republican, challenged by Margaret Engebretson.

35th Assemblyman Mary Czaja-Felzkowski challenged by Democrat Mark Martello.

and an advisory referendum on whether the state should allow medical marijuana under controlled conditions.

It's too soon to tell what impact overcast skies, light rain, drizzle and snow showers will have on turnout this Election Day in Wisconsin, with voting traditionally increasing after working hours.

In addition to rain gear, voters will need to bring identification to the polls. That could be a Wisconsin driver's license, a state-issued photo ID card, a U.S. military ID card, a tribal ID card, a U.S. passport or a student photo ID issued by a Wisconsin university with an expiration date no later than two years after the date of issue.
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Dr. Maggie Turnbull, an Antigo native and independent candidate for governor, sampled some Optimist club cheese curds at the Antigo polls this morning. Sarah Repp is dishing up the deep fried treats.
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