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Wisconsin GOP plans to run fake Democrats in 4 recall races

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Republican party says it plans to run fake Democrats in four upcoming recall elections targeting Republican state senators.

GOP executive director Stephan Thompson says the move will guarantee that a Democratic primary has to be held. He says that ensures one clear date for the primary and a separate one for the general election, thereby limiting any scheduling control the Democratic Party might try to assert.

The Republican party used the same tactic last year in recall elections targeting six other GOP state senators. The move gave the incumbents more time to campaign and raise money.

If there are indeed primaries in each of the upcoming races, they'll be held May 8, with the general elections on June 5.

Thompson says the fake candidates won't actively campaign.

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