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 , 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. , 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 , 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.

The Twitter Feed

@sandyforsenate Tomorrow is Election Day! Find out how to vote for Sandy http://sandyforsenate.com/content/where-do-i-vote

@sharronsbunker: Headed to WI for GOTV with @Darling4Senate!!! Very excited to help a kindred spirit.

@Steffi5461 Boots on the ground for @sandyforsenate! #wiunion. Why aren't you out here too? http://t.co/618txtZ

@SamanthaRitt To my friends north in WI...Remember to vote for @Darling4Senate tomorrow!!

Michael Wade August 10, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Vote Tampering Running Rampant in the Badger State. Shred Baby Shed. The idiots are still gonna lose. Ha, Ha, ha.
Jay Sykes August 10, 2011 at 04:28 AM
@Denise Du Varnay... Administration costs on Medicare are in the 3% range, its in the 7% range for Medicaid. Both govt run healthcare programs and one costs 2 times as much to administer as the other. Can you explain why?
Craig August 10, 2011 at 04:35 AM
@Denise First, I am not your friend, I do not know you and you do not know me. 3% administration costs....ok Dr. office call: $250 Medicare pays: $18 The 3% figure comes from which amount? Or is it an arbitrary figure invented by medicade? What about Medicare? Surely the admin costs are different! Administrative costs for Insurance Companies are based on a very different number! If you think the Government does anything cheaper than the private sector- your in denial. You are dead wrong about jobs. The mindset you have is why we have no jobs. I'll take an evil insurance company over Obamacare anyday. He threatened to withhold grannies SS check in August due to the debt. Imagine withholding healthcare for a month because of financial issues! No thanks, I'd rather live.
Craig August 10, 2011 at 04:41 AM
Denise: Medicare and Medicade are Federal. This blog is about the 8th Senate seat in Wisconsin. Do you even live in Wisconsin? Or are you a hired plant by the Pasch team? What Union funds you? Or are you trying to introduce Chicage Politics to Wisconsin? Stay on point.
Craig August 10, 2011 at 04:44 AM
You do not comprehend what Canvassing is do you? Your cred was suffering before, quit while you are ahead.
The prosser-cuter August 10, 2011 at 04:59 AM
Ed is a moron!
Craig August 10, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Denise: Keep your Chicago politics where they belong. When you move to Wisconsin maybe we will care what you think then. We care about jobs, and they are in China. Guess to ignore the problem is the platform of the Democrats.
Craig August 10, 2011 at 05:03 AM
Clinton left a surplus? You are right...and on a dress and on the oral office floor...
Michael Wade August 10, 2011 at 05:27 AM
Shred dick shred.
Michael Wade August 10, 2011 at 05:33 AM
Any moron who does not know that programs like medicare are cost effective because they do not deal with the rip off insurance carriers is just talking stupid ideology. Ignore the idiot, he doesn't have a clue what a heath carrier is, or how the system works.
Craig August 10, 2011 at 05:44 AM
Again, you make my point ever so clear. The Co. Clerk never touches the ballats, she is 17 miles away! What is the point....can't fix stupid.
Craig August 10, 2011 at 05:50 AM
@Michael Wad: Don't try to pretend you know anything- it has yet to work for you even once. I can guarantee I know a helluva lot more about Medicare, Medicade, Social Security, Financials, Economics, and Insurance law. You have been refudiated multiple times- just take your ball and go home.
Michael Wade August 10, 2011 at 05:56 AM
A hole Craig, you are boring us all with your meaningless acttcks on everyone who makes a comment. It is getting old and BORING!ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Michael Wade August 10, 2011 at 05:57 AM
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Craig August 10, 2011 at 06:08 AM
@Wad: You dig the hole deeper and deeper. At least you had the sence to know I was right and would make a fool of you once again. Your mindless comments solidify my point each time you play. It is too easy. I can't keep doing this even though you provoke it. Take your ball and go home- you didn't make the cut.
Denise Du Vernay August 10, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Craig, People, even people who live in Chicago (which I don't and I don't know where you got that) can comment on Patch articles if they follow the terms of use. Not only do I follow the terms of use, but I have my full, real name attached to my comments, which shows that I believe in what I say and I am not simply a troll or someone looking to be offensive. I have nothing to hide. All anyone knows about you is that "Craig" is your handle. You could live in Alaska for all we know, and yet you think it's appropriate to silence me? (And, by the way, I lived in Wisconsin for 8 years until, oh, right about the time Walker took over).
Peter Smith August 10, 2011 at 10:48 PM
This is the "new world order" showing it's ugly face in Wisconsin. The forces of evil want a one world dictatorship so they have to destroy America by defunding it. Check out infowars.tv and watch the 7 free videos there. Then you will know what is really happening in Wisconsin, the USA and the world.
Bob McBride August 10, 2011 at 10:56 PM
*Tinfoil hat not included.
Peter Smith August 11, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Thats all ridiculous right wing BS.


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