Wisconsin Primary Recalls

July 13, 2011 by staff 

Wisconsin Primary RecallsWisconsin Primary Recalls, The first day of Wisconsin remember voting ended Tuesday with few surprises.In the six districts where voters are trying to unseat Republican state senators – to protest his support for the bill’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker union budget – Democrats won their major battles against the “false” Democrats put the Republicans to delay the process.

A victory for any of the “protest” candidates has been a great discomfort.

Turnout was unusually high for a strange choice – a primary summer for a Senate seat without a candidate “real” opposition.

While there is no precedent for comparison with tens of thousands of voters were presented in six districts. Charles Franklin, political science professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, ran the numbers against the state elections in April the Supreme Court, which was also seen as a proxy referendum on the law of Governor Walker’s budget. Those elections generate twice the normal participation.

Participation on Tuesday was 55 to 88 percent of those in the career of the Supreme Court, Professor Franklin says. “I feel amazing,” he adds.

Tuesday’s vote was only the first of four to be held in nine districts across the state in July and August, part of an unusual and complex effort to oust lawmakers of both parties for his controversial role in the battle on collective bargaining powers.

The six Republicans who were challenged to defend their positions on Tuesday, but to buy the longer state senators, the Republican Party of Wisconsin protest candidates in the six districts, forcing one. Primary and general elections postponed until August 9

In fact, no one expects a candidate to win, but in Wisconsin, voters can participate in any primary, regardless of political affiliation, so it was a possibility. In the end, Obama won double-digit real in all districts except one.

However, the fact that the candidates of protest raised by the Republicans still won at least 30 percent of the votes in each district – and in one case 46 percent – a sign that voters are energized Republicans also.

“The Republicans were willing to go out and vote for protest candidates, even in races that were more or less predictable conclusions,” says Franklin. “If you’re looking at tea leaves, is very strong tea leaves in August will have a high participation.”

Next Tuesday, voters in three districts go to the polls, this time as part of an effort to overthrow the state Senate Democrats, whose members are angry that they fled to Illinois to avoid a vote on the proposed budget.

Two of the primary races as well – although the Democrats did not present candidates in protest – but it will be a general election. In that race, state Sen. Dave Hansen (D) will defend his position against GOP rival David VanderLeest. Senator Hansen is expected to win, in part because Republicans could not get their preferred candidate on the ballot, in what was considered an error of the major parties.

“A lot of people think, it was an opportunity to ensure that it would lose three seats in the network,” said Jeff Mayers, president of, a Web site based nonpartisan policy in Madison. To take control of the state Senate, Democrats need to win three seats.

The final choice of retirement of the season will be August 17, when two Democratic senators to defend their seats in general elections.

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