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Bloomberg biggest loser in Milwaukee County sheriff's race as David Clarke wins

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke wins primary despite big Bloomberg donation.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke wins primary despite big Bloomberg donation.
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On Tuesday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke won re-election, defeating Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews, his primary opponent, by nearly five percentage points. While Moews lost the election, however, the biggest loser was former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who dumped $150,000 to defeat Clarke.

Clarke, the pro-gun and pro-self defense conservative Democrat Bloomberg tried to defeat, could not raise anywhere near that much money, Capitol City Project said. Bloomberg, Capitol City Project said, actually spent more than the two candidates did -- and still lost.

Townhall said Clarke first rose to national fame after telling local residents they should arm themselves to protect against criminals. He also warned of a second American revolution if gun control and gun confiscation passed, telling Alex Jones he would not enforce laws requiring confiscation.

"First of all, to me that would be an act of tyranny," he said of the gun control measures under consideration by state lawmakers. "So the people in Milwaukee County do not have to worry about me enforcing some sort of order that goes out and collects everybody’s handgun, or rifles, or any kind of firearm and makes them turn them in.”

There is no Republican on the ballot for the position, so it's pretty much a certainty that Clarke will win in November. Tuesday's election was not the first time Clarke and Moews ran against each other. Moews lost to Clarke in 2010 and decided to have a rematch this year, the Washington Post said.

“The voters have spoken, and I accept the results,” Moews said in a statement Wednesday. “With twice as many voters in this election than four years ago, there’s a brighter spotlight shining on the work of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.”

Although Clarke won the election, some say it was a victory for the First and Second amendments and a loss for "shadowy" big-money special interests. A post at the Wisconsin Reporter said that Moews' backers may have outspent Clarke by a factor of six to one.

Chris Cox, executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the political arm of the NRA, congratulated Clarke and accused Bloomberg of trying to buy the race. Voters, he said, weren’t buying Bloomberg's anti-gun agenda.

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