The South Carolina Republican Party leaders have mobilized members to help fight a recall effort in Wisconsin.
Eight members of the Wisconsin state Senate face recall challenges, with six Republicans on the ballot today and two Democrats up next week. The outcome of the elections could result in Democrats taking control of the Senate. Right now the GOP controls both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office.
The recalls have resulted in numerous out-of-state groups contributing resources to the campaigns. South Carolina’s Republican Party is working a virtual phone bank with calls to Wisconsin voters to help increase turnout at the polls. The airwaves in each of the districts have also been flooded with almost non-stop campaign ads and spending on the races could top $40 million.
The recalls were prompted by Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip the state’s public employee unions of most of their collective bargaining powers.
Several Republicans were recalled because they voted for the proposal, while some Democrats ended up on the ballot because they left the state to block passage of the plan—a maneuver that gained national attention- but ultimately failed.
Andrew Beckett, Wisconsin Radio Network, contributed to this report.