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Placeholder Candidates, Part Deux

My suggestion about a month ago.

As for any sort of “fake can­di­dates” in this round, I say Repub­li­cans should run them.  It’s not going to cost any of these munic­i­pal­i­ties any money since there’s already going to be a Demo­c­ra­tic pri­mary for gov­er­nor in the Walker recall.  Hav­ing more names and offices on the bal­lots aren’t going to have much of an effect on the over­all print­ing costs.

Today, via WisPolitics:

Republicans will run “protest” or “fake” Dems in all six upcoming recall elections, including guv and lt. guv.

Insiders have expected Republicans to run candidates in the Dem primaries for four Senate seats to ensure their candidates are on the same general election ballot as Gov. Scott Walker to help with turnout.

There are already multiple Dems who have filed for their party’s nomination for guv and lt. guv.

But the state GOP said it will run candidates in all six races to ensure “one clear date for the primary election and one clear date for the general election.” It said it will not actively campaign for the candidates other than to collect nomination signatures to ensure their place on the ballot.

A summer general election for every seat ensures that any sort of turnout for the Governor’s recall will be felt in the state senate recalls as well.  The state GOP is clearly using a strategy of “A rising tide (or in this case turnout) lifts all boats” when it comes to the recalls in the 21, 23rd, and 29th State Senate Districts.  Anyone thinking Compas stands a chance in the 13th is seriously kidding themselves.

Another help to the GOP with the delay, it gives Jerry Petrowski more time to fund raise and build a campaign as he takes Pam Galloway’s place on the ballot.

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