MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Republican party says it plans to run fake Democrats in four upcoming recall elections targeting GOP state senators.
Party spokesman Stephan Thompson says the move guarantees that a Democratic primary has to be held. He says that ensures one clear date for the primary and a separate one for the general election, thereby limiting any scheduling control for Democrats.
Republicans used the same tactic last year in recall elections targeting six other GOP state senators. The move gave the incumbents more time to campaign and raise money.
If there are indeed primaries in each of the upcoming races, they'll be held May 8, with the general elections on June 5.
State Senate Democratic Committee spokesman Zac Kramer says Wisconsinites are sick of "these blatant political games."
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