Biden, Trump and others chosen for Wisconsin 2024 presidential primaries ballot

Wisconsin's bipartisan Presidential Preference Selection Committee named candidates for the 2024 Democratic and Republican presidential primaries — the slate goes next to the Wisconsin Election Commission for approval.

Associated Press

January 2, 2024

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.A sign marks a spring election and presidential primaries polling place at the Madison Central Library on April 7, 2020. (Credit: PBS Wisconsin)

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump and five other Republican candidates were chosen Jan. 2 to be on Wisconsin’s April 2 presidential primary ballot. The slate of candidates was selected by the state’s bipartisan Presidential Preference Selection Committee.

The names next go to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which will approve them for the ballot.

Republicans chosen for the ballot, in addition to Trump, are Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis; Trump’s former United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy; and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The presidential selection committee, comprised of leaders from both parties, approved the slate of candidates without debate in a meeting that lasted about five minutes.

There have been attempts in some states to bar Trump from the ballot because of his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump on Jan. 2 appealed a ruling from Maine and was expected to appeal another ruling from Colorado that ban him from the states’ ballots, setting up a high-stakes showdown over a 155-year-old addition to the Constitution that bars from office those who “engaged in insurrection.”

In Wisconsin, Minocqua Brewing Co. owner Kirk Bangstad filed a complaint at the end of December with the Wisconsin Elections Commission arguing that Trump should be disqualified on those grounds. But the commission dismissed the complaint because it was filed directly against members of the bipartisan agency. Bangstad has said he plans to file a lawsuit in circuit court.

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