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Editorial: Another election's here already

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It's been only two months since the last election--the governor's June 5 recall won by incumbent Scott Walker over Tom Barrett.

Now, in the dog days of summer, another election looms. This one used to be called the fall primary--held the second Tuesday in September--preceding the November general election.

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The fall primary name no longer applies. State lawmakers moved up the primary to the second Tuesday in August to comply with a federal law giving military and overseas voters more time to have their absentee ballots counted.

While well-intentioned, summer is hardly the time when most people pay attention to political campaigning. That's probably even more true in this part of the state. Most of us, regrettably, know more about the Minnesota politicians than we do Wisconsin's.

Be that as it may, next Tuesday is the Wisconsin primary. There are very few contested races.

One that is hotly contested with multiple candidates affects the entire state. It's the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Candidates are: Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, Jeff Fitzgerald and Eric Hovde.

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin is running unopposed for the Democratic Party.

The seat they're after was long held by U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who's not seeking re-election. On the GOP side, Thompson is a former governor, Neumann has tried for governor before, Fitzgerald is an assemblyman and Hovde's a businessman.

For the Dems, Baldwin is a congresswoman.

In Pierce County, longtime district attorney John O'Boyle is being challenged by former River Falls Police Officer Sean Froelich in a Democratic primary. There are no Republican candidates, so the primary winner should win the November general election.

As required now by state law, all voting sites open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

So, ready or not, get ready again to cast your ballots next Tuesday.

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