The recall primary is Tuesday, May 8. The recall general
election is Tuesday, June 5.
Who are the Democratic Party candidates seeking to challenge
There are five Democrats competing in the May 8 primary:
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; former Dane County Executive Kathleen
Falk; State Senator Kathleen Vinehout; Secretary of State Doug
LaFollette; and Gladys Huber of Mequon. Barrett and Falk are widely
viewed as the front-runners.
Is there a primary on the Republican side as well?
Yes. Arthur Kohl-Riggs of Madison submitted nomination papers
and will be on the May 8 ballot against Governor Scott Walker.
What about the Lieutenant Governor?
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is being recalled as well. She has no
Republican challenger, however, so there will not be a Republican
primary for this office.
There is a Democratic primary for Lt. Gov. which will take place
on May 8. There are three candidates vying for the right to take on
Kleefisch in the June general election.
Are there any other elections on the ballot that same day?
In addition, there are four Democrat primaries for State Senate
on May 8. The winner of each will take on a Republican senator on
Racine area: The winner of the primary in the 21st
District will then take on Republican Senator Van Wanggaard;
Dodge/Jefferson county area: The winner of the primary
in the 13th District will face Republican Majority Leader Scott
Fitzgerald in the June general;
Eau Claire area: The winner of the primary in the 23rd
District will run against Republican Senator Terry Moulton on June
Wausau area: Things are a little different in the 29th
Senate District. In that seat, the incumbent being recalled has
chosen to step aside and is being replaced on the ballot by
Republican Representative Jerry Petrowski. Therefore, the winner of
the Democratic primary in May will face Petrowski—not
former Senator Pam Galloway.
The recall general election for these state Senate contests will
take place the same day as the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall
election: June 5.
Can I vote in either party's primary?
In a typical partisan primary, a voter may only vote in the
primary for one political party. Each of these recalls is
considered a distinct election, however.
Voters may vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary
for Governor (but not both). Regardless of which primary for
Governor they choose, that voter can also vote in the Democratic
primary for Lt. Gov. and State Senate (there are no GOP primaries
for these two offices).
To put it another way... You may only vote for one candidate per
office, but you may vote in the Republican primary for one office
and the Democratic primary for a different office.
When local officials are recalled, if the incumbent gets
more than 50% of the vote in the primary they are declared the
winner and there is no general election. Does this apply to this
No. This "50% rule" only applies to nonpartisan
elections. There will be a general election on June 5 regardless of
the percentage Governor Scott Walker gets in the May primary.
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