MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican Party activist Julian Bradley has won the GOP Wisconsin primary for secretary of state, defeating state Rep. Garey Bies.
Neither candidate launched much of a campaign. Lawmakers have whittled away so many of the responsibilities in the office that the job is nearly obsolete.
Bies was willing to work toward eliminating the office. The 67-year-old pledged to help strengthen or eliminate the office, whichever voters preferred.
But the 33-year-old Bradley said there was no point talking about eliminating the office, since the decision is up to lawmakers. He says he wants to reform the office and work to restore its powers.
Bradley now advances to the Nov. 4 general election. He'll face incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette and Constitution Party candidate Jerry Broitzman.