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Trump among six Republicans to make Wisconsin spring primary ballot

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(The Center Square) – It took less than 10 minutes to set Wisconsin’s presidential primary ballot.

The state’s Presidential Preference Selection Committee met in Madison on Tuesday to select the candidates who may appear on the April 2 ballot.

Republicans nominated former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Vivek Ramaswammy.

Democrats nominated only President Biden.

Wisconsin’s law allows the Selection Committee to recognize “the names of all candidates whose candidacy is generally advocated or recognized in the national news media throughout the United States on the ballot, and may, in addition, place the names of other candidates on the ballot.”

The hearing was largely perfunctory, with committee members answering the roll and making formal motions for most of the seven minutes they met.

None of the Democrats at Tuesday’s meeting objected to former President Trump’s name being placed on the ballot.

The Selection Committee’s meeting came just a few days after the Wisconsin Elections Commission dismissed a 14th Amendment challenge to the former president.

The Elections Commission said that challenge was improperly filed, commissioners did not weigh-in on the merits of the case.

The man who filed that challenge, Minocqua Brewing Co. owner and progressive political activist Kirk Bangstad, has promised to take his case to the courts.

Bangstad last week said he intends to appeal the Elections Commission’s decision in Madison, “where there are very smart judges,” he said.

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