Scott Walker Recall Election Ordered

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) loses the recall election, Democrats across the nation will claim a major victory. Therefore, a lot is at stake for Republicans not only in Wisconsin, but nationally. From Patrick Marley at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

State elections officials ordered a set of historic recall elections Friday, making Scott Walker the third governor in the nation to face a recall and Rebecca Kleefisch the first lieutenant governor to face one.

The Government Accountability Board, voting unanimously Friday, also set recall elections for four Republican state senators. One of those senators, Pam Galloway of Wausau, resigned earlier this month, but the recall election will be held anyway. One or more Republicans can run in her place.

Within hours, the state Republican Party said it would run fake Democrats in all the races, ensuring there will be primaries.

"The protest candidates will run as Democrats to guarantee that there is one clear date for the primary election and one clear date for the general election," said Ben Sparks, a spokesman for the party.

He said the move was made because otherwise some or all of the general elections for state senators would happen the same day as the primary for governor - when Democrats flood to the polls to pick their candidate for governor.

Just two other governors have faced recall elections in the country's history: North Dakota Gov. Lynn Frazier in 1921 and California Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Both were defeated.

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published this page in In The News 2012-03-30 17:16:00 -0400
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