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Wis. Dems withdraw "placeholder" candidates in Republican primaries


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The State Democratic Party has told three of its members that they won’t have to run in recall primaries against Republican state senators.

The GOP is using fake candidates to run as Democrats, so the Dems can stay busy with primaries while six Republican senators get an extra month to campaign.

The Democrats were not sure if the GOP would get fake candidates for all six districts. So they put up three people they called “placeholder” candidates to run in the primaries to make sure all six general elections would be held at the same time.

As it turned out, the Republicans were able to recruit fake Democrats for all six primaries – so the “place-holder” Democrats have been withdrawn.

In one case, the GOP put up Rol Church of Wautoma to run against Assembly Democrat Fred Clark for the Senate seat held by Republican Luther Olsen of Ripon.

The Baraboo News-Republic says that primary and general election will cost taxpayers $350-thousand dollars – twice as much as if Clark didn’t have a primary opponent.