Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. edged Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews in a Democratic primary race that drew national attention and more than $600,000 in outside spending, reports the Journal Sentinel. Clarke thanked his supporters, including Chris Cox of the National Rifle Association. Interest in the race grew after former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee put up more than $150,000 to try to defeat Clarke and his pro-gun stance.
In all, outside groups spent more than $550,000 to try to defeat Clarke in what became a political battle of gun control forces vs. Clarke, a former Milwaukee police captain who has been sheriff since 2002. Clarke is all but assured of victory in November because there is no Republican opposition and a little-known independent candidate, Angela Walker, running.