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Lower-rated hopefuls for Senate in Wisconsin suing party to be allowed in debate

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The La Crosse Center hosted eight Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate during the party’s convention in late June. But the party is leaning toward having only four of those candidates in a debate the week before the primary in August.

Now, three candidates low in the polls are suing to get themselves included in that debate.

Darrell Williams, Kou Lee, and Peter Peckarsky say limiting the field for the debate would violate the Democratic Party charter.

Debate planners reportedly want to include only candidates who scored 5 per cent or higher in a Marquette University poll. Those candidates are Mandela Barnes, Alex Lasry, Sarah Godlewski, and Tom Nelson.

The proposed debate is set for August 1st, with the August 9th primary to choose a challenger to two-term Republican Senate Ron Johnson.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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