Last night in Wisconsin, a real primary of fake candidates took place—in other words, the Republicans recruited “fake” Democrats (allegedly Democratic candidates with a GOP agenda) and ran them in the elections against actual Democrats. Wisconsin Republicans furiously campaigned for thirty-six hours before the election, desperately trying to convince the state’s Democrats not to vote for their candidates. Nevertheless, real Democrats won 70 percent of the primary vote and are now in a good position to take on Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting agenda later this year.
The Nation’s John Nichols joined MSNBC’s Ed Schultz last night to explain what the victory means for the Wisconsin’s Democrats, and put this primary in the context of the state’s upcoming general election.
—Anna Lekas Miller