Real Dems Beat Fake ‘Dems’ In Wisconsin Recall Primaries
Wisconsin Democrats have easily fended off a Republican ploy in the state Senate recalls, with the official Dem candidates in each of six races easily defeating Republican activists who also filed in the Democratic primaries. But Republicans have not failed to reap some advantages from the situation.
With the vast majority of the precincts now in, all six official Democrats have been projected as the winners by the Associated Press. Only one primary, for the 10th District (GOP Sen. Sheila Harsdorf), has turned out to be tight or seriously contested, with official Dem candidate Shelly Moore winning by a margin of 54%-46%.
The other Dem primaries are nowhere near that close: Nancy Nusbaum is winning the primary for the 2nd District (Sen. Robert Cowles) by 65%-35%; Sandy Pasch is winning the 8th District (Sen. Alberta Darling) by 67%-33%; Fred Clark is winning the 14th District (Sen. Luther Olsen) by 67%-33%; Jessica King is winning the 18th District (Sen. Randy Hopper) by 68%-32%; and Jennifer Shilling is winning the 32nd District (Sen. Dan Kapanke) by 70%-30%.
Soon after the recall elections were triggered, Republicans declared a strategy to plant fake candidates in the Democratic primaries -- which they have called "protest candidates" -- in order to delay the general elections from July to August, while the GOP incumbents ran unopposed. The candidates included a GOP activist in his 20s, and an octogenarian former GOP state representative, among others. As it turned out, the scheme would cost local governments throughout the state over $400,000.
Predictably, this led to some low-level dirty tricks and mischief-making, with conservatives being urged to vote in the Democratic primaries for the fake Dems. Despite the possibility of countering this, Democrats specifically rejected entreaties by labor to respond in kind and run fake Republicans, in order to keep Republican voters in their own primaries.
Democrat Hahn Wins California Congressional Race
Jul 13, 2011 03:41 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Democratic Los Angeles city councilwoman won a special election held on Tuesday for the liberal-leaning California congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman, as her Republican challenger conceded.
Veteran City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose brother James once served as Los Angeles mayor, finished first in the May 17 open primary and had been favored to win the runoff race in the state's heavily Democratic 36th congressional district.
A Republican businessman with Tea Party backing, Craig Huey, had looked for an upset victory over Hahn in the special election to represent the district, which runs along the southern Los Angeles County coast from San Pedro to Venice.
But with results showing an apparently insurmountable lead for Hahn, Huey conceded the election shortly before midnight, spokeswoman Jennifer Jacobs said.
"Craig's message of jobs and economy certainly resonated in a district like this, and we wish nothing but the best for the congresswoman-elect, and Craig will continue to fight for a better economy for America," Jacobs said.
A spokesman for Hahn did not return calls.
In the latest results, Hahn had 56.8 percent of the vote to 43.2 percent for Huey, with 127 of 261 precincts reporting, according to figures released by the Los Angeles County Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
This was the election with that truly racist ass ad against Hahn that was just so over the top, it was ridiculous.