Recall Tracker: 8th District Now a Tossup and More Findings from Politifact
A recap of news and events surrounding the Alberta Darling and Sandy Pasch race for Wisconsin's 8th Senate District, and other recall races in the state.
8th District Race Now Called a 'Tossup'
After handicapping the 8th Senate District race as "leaning" toward Republican Alberta Darling for most of the campaign, WisPolitics.com is now declaring the race a "tossup."The political website notes that Darling won by only 1,000 votes in 2008 and that the Democrats are making this race, and the 14th Senate District, a high priority. The last time the site handicapped the races, on July 15, it said Darling appeared to have the advantage over Pasch.
On the Campaign Trail: Lieutenant Governor Joins Darling for Final Push
On Saturday, with less than 72 hours remaining before the pivotal election, state Sen. Alberta Darling’s campaign offices were a hive of activity as volunteers staged a final push to encourage voters to head to the polls Tuesday. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch joined Darling to knock on doors throughout the 8th Senate District and campaign on her behalf.
In a video interview with Patch, Darling said this is about keeping Wisconsin on the right track.
On the Campaign Trail: Pasch Feeling Optimistic as Vote Nears
With less than 48 hours to go before the polls open up, Rep. Sandy Pasch hit the pavement with her supporters to snag those last few votes for Tuesday's recall election between herself, and Sen. Alberta Darling.
Hundreds filled the the Glendale campaign office over the weekend, helping make phone calls and sign up additional volunteers. In a video with Patch, Pasch said it will all be about voter turnout.
PolitiFact: Testing Darling Claim on Pasch, School Employees and Viagara
The Darling campaign has sent out direct mail with an image of an iPad on it, stating, "iBad, the Sandy Pasch Edition." The claim by the Darling camp is that Pasch voted to allow public school employees to use taxpayer dollars to pick up the tab for Viagra. However, PolitiFact checked this out, and Darling's camp only sites Pasch's support of collective bargaining, but there was no vote in Madison on the matter. The issue was resolved in Milwaukee when an arbitrator ruled in favor of the school district - years before Pasch came to office. This claim snagged a "Pants on Fire" rating from PolitiFact.
Additionally, PolitiFact checks out a claim by Wisconsin Club for Growth who's saying Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) did nothing to stop fraud in the Wisconsin Shares child-care subsidy program. As well as claims by the Sierra Club that state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) is "allowing mercury to harm our children" because she voted against an electronics recycling bill.
Tea Party Rally Supports GOP Who 'Did the Right Thing'
During a spirited rally in Thiensville Village Park Saturday, Tea Party Express organizers implored hundreds of supporters to take the conservative movement to the polls Tuesday and support the six Republican senators being targeted in the high-profile recall elections.
About 275 Tea Party supporters were galvanized by a half dozen speakers, patriotic music and flag waving during the hour-long event.
Voter Intimidation and Survelliance in Wisconsin
The Daily Kos reports that Wisconsin Jobs Now has filed a claim with the Government Accountability Board against Friends of Alberta Darling for allegedly tracking voters. In part, the complaint says, "Respondents on Auguest 2-4 unlawfully followed, trailed, surveilled and otherwise intimidated and coerced voters from freely exercising the franchise"... while engaging in early absentee voting.
State law says that voters cannot be intimidated or compelled to vote or not vote, however the Kos reports one man photographed and video taped voters for extended periods of time,and two vehicles followed voters.
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@SamanthaRitt To my friends north in WI...Remember to vote for @Darling4Senate tomorrow!!