On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Wisconsin Democratic chairman Mike Tate touted the victories in Tuesday's state Senate recall primaries by all six official Dem candidates, against Republican activists who had filed in the Democratic primaries. Tate also said the party had internal polling that showed the Dems poised to win a majority in the state Senate in the recall general elections this August.
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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.
"I think it is time to officially ask for Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin to reimburse taxpayers for the costs they were forced to bear for these fake primaries," said Tate, calling the Republicans hypocrites, and also adding: "They have no credibility to speak on shepherding tax dollars moving forward."