In a major development in the Wisconsin recall elections, the state’s Government Accountability Board today ruled Rep. John Nygren, one of two Republicans who filed to challenge Democratic Sen. Dave Hansen, is disqualified from the ballot for lack of adequate signatures.
To legally appear on the ballot, Nygren was required to submit and have 400 valid signatures certified. Nygren submitted just 424, and the GAB has ruled that only 398 of them are valid. Before his disqualification, Nygren had enjoyed the full backing of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate.
Hansen will now face David VanderLeest—who according to Wisconsin new media has a court record of two misdemeanor convictions, fines for multiple building code violations, an unpaid judgment, bankruptcy and a home foreclosure–in a July 19 general election. Hansen had previously been considered one of two vulnerable Democrats facing recall on Aug. 16.