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Gary George recall, Wisconsin (2003)

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Gary George, a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, was recalled from office in 2003.[1] He had represented the 6th District since 1981 and was only the second senator to be recalled in state history.

The recall campaign against George began after he voted against expanding gambling at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee. George made appeals to stop or delay the recall to a trial court, appeals court and state Supreme Court, but was unsuccessful at all levels.[2] Signatures were first filed to the elections board in June 2003.[3]

George was defeated in a special Democratic primary held October 21, 2003 by state Assemblyman Spencer Coggs. Only 8% of voters turned out for the election. Coggs went on to be the only candidate on the November 18 general election ballot, assuring his victory.

Wisconsin State Senate, District 6
Special Democratic Primary (2003)[4]
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Spencer Coggs 4,538
Gary George 2,477
Scattering 55

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