Wisconsin held primary elections Tuesday, pitting six party-supported candidates against fake Democrats. All six real Democrats prevailed in the race. The winners will go on to challenge incumbent Republican candidates in an August recall election.
GOP delays the election
The fake candidates were placed on the ballot by Wisconsin’s Republican Party in order to delay the general election, now scheduled for Aug. 9. The motive was to give the incumbent GOP candidates another month to campaign. Many of the fake candidates were elderly Republicans lending their names to the party agenda.
Nine senators targeted for recall
The primary election last Tuesday was the first of four to be held over the next five weeks. Nine senators, six Republicans and three Democrats, have been targeted for recall based on their involvement with Governor Scott Walker’s controversial proposal that would have taken away the right of collective bargaining for most public employees.
The Republican candidates have been targeted for recall because they voted for the proposal. The Democrats are subject to recall because they fled to Illinois to delay the vote for three weeks.
Democrats attempt to take majority control
If the Democrats manage to take away three of the senate seats, they will wrest majority control from the GOP. They will then be in a position to stop Governor Walker’s proposal.
Most win by handy margins
In the 2nd District, Nancy Nusbaum, the former mayor of De Pare, Wis., handily defeated 82-year-old former republican assemblyman Otto Junkerman with 65 percent of the votes.
In the 8th district, Sandy Pasch won over Republican-in-Democrat’s-clothing Gladys Huber, 80, with 67 percent.
Shelly Moore, a public school teacher from River Falls, Wis., won over hardware store owner Isaac Weix, in the 10th District. It was the most hotly contested race of the night. Moore won with by 54 percent.
State Rep. Fred Clark beat fake Dem Rol Church in the 14th District with 67 percent.
In the 18th District, Attorney Jessica King won out over John Buckstaff, 81, with 69 percent of the votes.
The candidate to win by the highest margin was Democrat Jennifer Shilling, who lambasted Republican shill James D. Smith with 71 percent of the votes in the 32nd District.
Another Democrat victory Tuesday
Chris Taylor, a Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin public policy director, won and maintained Democratic control of the Assembly seat vacated by Joe Parisi when he left to serve as a Dane County executive in April. Taylor will run unopposed in the general election on August 9.
Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/125409308.html
Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-fake-democrats-run-in-wisconsin-primaries-for-recall-elections-20110712,0,1287204.story
USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-07-12-wisconsin-recalls-fake-democrats_n.htm
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