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Grothman wins GOP race for retiring Petri's seat

MADISON, WI - MARCH 04: Republican Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman (R) talks with Mark Dziedzic (C) and Jeff Dziedzic inside the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 4, 2011 in Madison,Wisconsin. Some demonstrators have returned to the capitol building hours after they were forced to vacate the building after occupying it for more than two weeks to protest Governor Scott Walker's attempt to push through a bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers in the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Grothman wins GOP race for retiring Petri's seat

By The Associated Press. CREATED Aug 12, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- State Sen. Glenn Grothman has defeated three other Republicans in a hard-fought primary race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri.

Grothman presented himself to voters as one of the hardest-working lawmakers in the Legislature, with 60 bills signed into law by Republican. Gov. Walker.

He was known even before the campaign as an outspoken critic of affirmative action, welfare benefits, early sex education and abortion. He has opposed the Common Core education standards adopted by Wisconsin and other states and one of his campaign goals is to abolish the U.S. Department of Education.
   
Grothman defeated two other state lawmakers -- Sen. Joe Leibham (LEYE'-bahm) and Rep. Duey Stroebel.
   
Grothman will face Winnebago County executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, and Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf in the general election.