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Evers to Move Date of Wisconsin's Special Congressional Vote

Evers to Move Date of Wisconsin's Special Congressional Vote Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: October 01, 2019 11:03 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers plans to change the date of the special election for an open congressional seat after being alerted by the U.S. Department of Justice that the dates he set last week violated federal law.

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The election is to replace Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned last week. Evers on Sept. 23 set the special election on Jan. 27, with a primary on Dec. 30.

Evers' spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said Tuesday that state and federal law conflict with each other, which made it an "impossible situation" to set the primary date. She says the governor is in consultation with both the state and federal departments of justice to set the new date.

Baldauff says the general election is now likely to be in April or May instead of January.

Republicans Tom Tiffany and Jason Church have announced their candidacies for the seat.  No Democrats have entered the race.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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