Speaker asks governor to move congressional special election

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has asked Gov. Tony Evers to reschedule a congressional special election because the primary would fall on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

Evers called the special election for Jan. 27 to fill Republican Sean Duffy’s seat in the 7th District of northern Wisconsin. But the Republican speaker said in a letter to the Democratic governor Friday that that would require a primary Dec. 30, the final day of Hanukah.

Evers’ decision to hold the special election in January avoided potentially boosting GOP turnout in a state Supreme Court election in April.

Duffy’s final day in Congress was Monday. He stepped down because his ninth baby, due next month, was diagnosed with a hole in its heart that will require his time and attention.

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