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Candidate considering write-in campaign for Portage Co. Sheriff


A close primary race has one Portage County Sheriff candidate rethinking his options.

On Tuesday, Mike Lukas won the Democratic primary for Portage County Sheriff.

Lukas took home 3,000 votes, narrowly beating out Kevin Sorenson by just 230 votes.

But Sorenson says he may not be finished campaigning just yet.

He says he's considering running again in November as a write-in candidate.

There is not a Republican candidate running this fall, so Mike Lukas will be the only name on the ballot.

Sorenson says he thinks he could be successful as a write-in candidate.

Right now, he's just considering the option.

He says he's waiting until the official election results come in next week.

Then, he says he wants to talk with his supporters before making a final decision.

Primary winner Lukas says no matter what Sorenson decides he plans on focusing on his campaign.

"I can't control any other candidate, I can only control myself and my committee and we're going to plug away and talk about the issues," said Lukas.

"To wage a write in campaign, I'd need some help to get our voters out and supporters out to help and that's what we'll be doing to see whether that potential is there," said Sorenson.

The tight race attracted voters to the poll.

The county clerk says Portage County averaged about 19 percent turnout.

But she says it reached as high as 30 percent in the municipalities where the candidates live.

Write-in campaigns aren't unheard of.

The current Portage County sheriff won as a write-in in 2002.

This time around voters will decide on the next sheriff in November.

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