Wisconsin ballot takes shape at nomination papers deadline
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's fall ballots started to take shape on Friday, with candidates filing nomination papers ahead of the state Elections Commission's end-of-the-day deadline.
Candidates for state and federal office had to submit at least 2,000 valid signatures to earn a spot on the ballot. The primary is set for Aug. 14 with the general election to follow on Nov. 6. Here's a look at who has officially filed so far:
Republican incumbent Scott Walker turned his signatures in Wednesday. Nineteen Democrats have registered to run against him. State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, state schools Superintendent Tony Evers, political activist Mike McCabe, former state party leader Matt Flynn, businessman Andy Gronik, state Rep. Dana Wachs, former state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, attorney Joshua Pade, firefighter lobbyist Mahlon Mitchell and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin had filed signatures as of Friday afternoon.
Incumbent Republican Rebecca Kleefisch submitted her signatures on Wednesday. Five Democrats have registered to run. Two Democrats, Mandela Barnes and Kurt Kober, had filed signatures as of Friday morning.
Republican incumbent Brad Schimel turned in his papers Thursday. Democratic challenger Josh Kaul filed May 24.
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Republicans Jay Schroeder and Spencer Zimmerman, and Democrat Arvina Martin are trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Doug La Follette. Schroeder filed his signatures on May 23. Zimmerman filed his on Tuesday. La Follette submitted his signatures on May 24. Martin filed Friday.
Incumbent Republican Matt Adamczyk has decided to seek a seat in the state Assembly rather than run again, leaving the field wide open. Four Democrats — Dawn Marie Sass, Cynthia Kaump, Sarah Godlewski and Jake Tulogeski — have all registered to run. Sass, Kaump and Godliewski have filed.
Three Republicans are running — Travis Hartwig, Jill Millies and Phillip Prange. Hartwig and Millies have both filed their signatures.
Seven Republicans have registered campaigns against incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin. The highest profile challengers are state Sen. Leah Vukmir and former U.S. Marine Kevin Nicholson. Vukmir submitted her signatures Wednesday. Nicholson filed May 22. Baldwin filed Thursday.
1st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Republican Paul Ryan announced earlier this year he won't seek re-election, opening the door for a long list of hopefuls, including six Republicans and two Democrats. Five of the Republicans — Kevin Steen, Bryan Steil, Nick Polce, Brad Boivin and Paul Nehlen — had filed signatures as of Friday. Democrat Randy Bryce filed last week. The other Democrat, Cathy Myers, filed Friday.
2nd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Democrat Mark Pocan faces only token opposition from a Madison man named Rocky Ison Chops who lists his party affiliation as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Pocan filed his signatures May 22. Chops had turned in nothing as of Friday morning.
3rd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Incumbent Democrat Ron Kind faces a primary challenge from Juliet Dita Germanotta. Three Republicans have registered to run against the winner. As of Thursday only Kind and one Republican, Steve Toft, had filed signatures.
4th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Republicans Cindy Werner and Tim Rogers have registered to run against Democratic incumbent Gwen Moore. Moore and Rogers had turned in signatures as of Friday morning. Werner filed hers later in the day. Former state Sen. Gary George filed signatures as a Democrat Friday, forcing Moore into a primary. George, who was convicted of a felony in a kickback scheme in 2004, ran unsuccessfully against Moore in 2014 and 2016.
5th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Three Democrats and a Republican have registered to run against GOP incumbent James Sensenbrenner. Democrat Tom Palzewicz, Republican Jennifer Hoppe Vipond and Sensenbrenner were the only candidates who had filed signatures as of Friday morning.
6th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Republican incumbent Glenn Grothman and Democratic challenger Dan Kohl have both filed signatures. Republican Scott Olmer has registered to run but hadn't filed anything as of Friday afternoon.
7th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Republican incumbent Sean Duffy filed his papers May 25. Five Democrats have registered to run. Two of them, Brian Ewert and Margaret Engebretson, filed Tuesday; the other Democrats hadn't filed as of Friday afternoon. Ken Driessen, who lists his party as Direct Participatory, filed Wednesday.
8th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Two Democrats — Rahb Kettleson and Beau Liegeois — have registered to run against Republican incumbent Mike Gallagher. Liegeois turned in his signatures Wednesday. Gallagher turned his in Friday. Kettleson hadn't filed as of Friday afternoon.