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Democracy in Wisconsin: Four Scenarios for Tuesday's Recall Election Primaries

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But Democrats will also have something significant to crow about. They will have finished Step Two of the recall process without a hitch. (Step One was qualifying the recalls, Step Two is the primaries, Step Three is the partisan runoffs in August.

4. Best-Case Scenario for Democrats

All the "real Democrats" win by wide margins and turnouts are high. This suggests that progressives are highly motivated and ready to follow through on the  recall fight. It also suggests that Republicans are not organizing aggressively or effectively.

This signals that the overall Democratic strategy is not just in play but that it is working. Democrats are energized for the August races, while Republicans -- despite whatever official bravado they may muster -- will know they are in a serious fight that could cost them the Senate and across-the-board control of Wisconsin.


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