Marc Savard, a former Door County supervisor and former county GOP chairman, had been the first Republican candidate to announce he would challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District. But Savard’s fundraising lagged far behind his primary rivals, and earlier this month, Savard announced he was ending his campaign and endorsing DePere businessman Reid Ribble.
That announcement wasn’t enough to knock Savard off the ballot, however, said Reid Magney, spokesman for the state’s Government Accountability Board. Under state law, once a candidate has officially won a spot on the ballot, election officials cannot remove the candidate’s name for any reason other than death. The ballot was final as soon as the board certified candidates’ nominating petitions in July, Magney said.
Thursday, August 12, 2010