Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who through his political group has publicly committed to spending $50 million on gun-control politics in 2014 – paid $150,000 to air a series of television ads targeting Clarke’s conservative pro-gun policies.

A Wisconsin county sheriff whose outspoken pro-Second Amendment views turned his re-election campaign into a battle between gun control groups and the National Rifle Association was leading early Wednesday in a close fight against his Democratic primary challenger.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. had garnered 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for Chris Moews, a Milwaukee police lieutenant. Clarke’s margin was over 4,600 votes out of nearly 109,000 cast. However, Moews refused to concede, saying that there were over 6,000 absentee votes that had yet to be counted.

“We’re not ready to call it a night,” Moews told his boisterous supporters early Wednesday.

Clarke did not directly address the returns when he spoke to his supporters, but said only “We’re happy with where we are,” and later added “When the final results are in, I believe we’re going to have another four years.”

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