Wisconsin Republicans just hit a bump in the road in the state Senate recall campaigns, with one of their chosen candidates against a Democratic incumbent having just gotten knocked off the ballot -- leaving another candidate who is less than ideal.
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The state Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in the state, knocked GOP state Rep. John Nygren off the ballot Tuesday in his effort to unseat Dem state Sen. Dave Hansen. Nygren's campaign had initially only turned in 424 petition signatures for Nygren, just over the 400 minimum -- but following Democratic challenges, this was busted down to 398, just two short of the required total.
As WisPolitics reports, Nygren is vowing to appeal the decision in court, saying in a statement: "Since Dave Hansen has chosen legal maneuvers to silence the voters of northeastern Wisconsin, I feel obligated to my supporters to fight this decision and pursue further legal options."
However, another Republican will remain on the ballot: GOP activist David VanderLeest, whose signatures passed muster against Dem challenges. Thus, the good news for Republicans is that Hansen will not run unopposed.
But the bad news for the GOP is, VanderLeest is going to be Hansen's opponent.