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National attention grows on Wisconsin recall races

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June 8, 2011

By Geoff Pallay and Greg Janetka

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

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MADISON, Wisconsin: With the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board verifying signatures in the final recall campaigns yesterday, it is now possible to determine which campaigns had the most signatures approved, and which had the most rejected.

All of the following figures come directly from the GAB. Note that the number of recall signatures submitted is an estimate by the Board, which explains why, in two cases, the percentage of signatures validated is greater than 100.

2011 Wisconsin Recall Campaigns
District State senator Winning % in 2008 Recall papers filed Recall signatures required Recall signatures submitted Recall signatures validated Percentage of signatures validated Opponent
12
Jim Holperin 51.2% February 19 15,960 23,300[1] 19,255[2] 82.63% Kim Simac and Robert Lussow[3]
22
Robert Wirch 66.7% February 24 13,537 18,300[4] 17,138[2] 93.65% Fred Ekornaas and Jonathan Steitz[5]
30
Dave Hansen 66.1% February 25 13,852 18,872[6] 15,540[2] 82.34% Assemblyman John Nygren and David VanderLeest[7]
2
Robert Cowles Unopposed March 2 15,960 26,000[8] 23,959[9] 92.15% Nancy Nusbaum and Otto Junkermann[10]
8
Alberta Darling 50.5% March 2 20,343 30,000[11] 22,243[9] 74.14% Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch
10
Sheila Harsdorf 56.4% March 2 18,816 23,000[12] 23,685[9] 102.97% Shelly Moore and Isaac Weix[13]
14
Luther Olsen Unopposed March 2 14,733 24,000[14] 22,207[9] 92.52% Assemblyman Fred Clark and Rol Church[15]
18
Randy Hopper 50.05% March 2 15,269 22,500[16] 22,953[9] 102.01% Jessica King and John Buckstaff[17]
32
Dan Kapanke 51.4% March 2 15,588 30,000[18] 21,776[9] 72.58% Assebmlywoman Jennifer Shilling and James Smith[19]


According to the GAB’s numbers, the largest percent of signatures approved were in the petitions against Republicans Sheila Harsdorf and Randy Hopper, while the lowest were the petitions against Republicans Dan Kapanke and Alberta Darling.

Meanwhile, national groups continue to be involved in the recall attempts of incumbents from both parties. A recent ‘’Politico report mentioned that President Barack Obama’s aides would be involved in the recall in Wisconsin.[20] Meanwhile, a top national Republican official -- who prior to his post was based in Wisconsin -- has also been linked to the GOP strategy to run fake candidates. Mark Jefferson, former head of the Wisconsin Republican Party, was allegedly recorded discussing running fake candidates during a meeting before he left the state to become midwest regional director of the Republican National Committee.[21] As we reported last week, millions of dollars will likely flow into Wisconsin from groups based outside of the state. Progressives United, the political action committee of former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold, has raised over $130,000 since June 2 in support of the Republican recall campaigns.[22]

See also

References

  1. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Jim Holperin Recall Committee," accessed on June 9, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 WisPolitics, "Dem recalls certified," June 8, 2011
  3. If Simac and Lussow remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  4. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Taxpayers to Recall Robert Wirch," accessed on June 9, 2011
  5. If Ekornaas and Steitz remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  6. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Recall Dave Hansen," accessed on June 9, 2011
  7. If Nygren and VanderLeest remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  8. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Cowles," accessed on June 9, 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Chart detailing recall signatures, accessed on May 23, 2011
  10. If Nusbaum and Junkermann remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  11. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Darling," accessed on June 9, 2011
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Harsdorf," accessed on June 9, 2011
  13. If Moore and Weix remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  14. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Olsen," accessed on June 9, 2011
  15. If Clark and Church remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  16. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Hopper," accessed on June 9, 2011
  17. If King and Buckstaff remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  18. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Committee to Recall Kapanke," accessed on June 9, 2011
  19. If Shilling and Smith remain in the race, they will ultimately face each other in a primary four weeks prior to the actual recall
  20. Politico “President Obama's campaign expands its 2012 map,” June 8, 2011
  21. Washington Post “Top Republican National Committee official involved in Wisconsin GOP shenanigans,” June 9, 2011
  22. Huffington Post, "Russ Feingold Raises More Than $130,000 For Wisconsin Democratic Recall Candidates," June 8, 2011