Wisconsin Primary: 'Real' Democrats Defeat Fakes Places on Dem Ballot by Republicans

In yesterday's Democratic primary election for state Senate, Wisconsinites chose actual Democrats over the Republican shills place on the Democratic ballot by allies of the Wisconsin GOP.

The outcome of the primary election is a critical component in the recall effort launched by progressives against the Republican state senators -- with the backing of David Koch's Americans For Prosperity -- who voted yes on Gov. Scott Walker's successful bill to virtually end collective bargaining rights for the state's public employees, and who also voted deep cuts in safety net programs such as BadgerCare, the state-financed public health insurance program.

From Jessica Vanegeren of the Cap Times in Madison:

Republicans took blistering criticism for their decision to put forward the fake candidates and force primary elections. Doing so meant their six threatened Senate incumbents -- Robert Cowles of Green Bay, Alberta Darling of River Hills, Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, and Luther Olsen of Ripon -- would get an additional month to campaign before the Aug. 9 general recall elections.

Charles Franklin, a UW-Madison political science professor, said that if any of the fake candidates had won Tuesday, it "would have been huge."

For the most part, they weren't even close. Five of six won 30 to 36 percent of the vote according to results presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...

More from Cap Times here.


AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan

Posted at July 13, 2011, 3:32am

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