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Candidate on ballot for Wisconsin governor in primary election tells supporters not to vote for him

Posted: 10:44 PM, Aug 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-14 15:07:05Z

Wisconsin voters are heading to the polls on Tuesday for primary elections, and Democrat voters will select from a crowded ballot of gubernatorial candidates.

A total of 10 candidates are on the Democratic primary ballot — but one of them is telling voters to skip his name.

"I could never imagine that I would be asking people not to vote for me," candidate Andy Gronik said.

Gronik withdrew from the race last month, but not before ballots were printed. 

"I've already received some emails from people who have voted for me, and they were disappointed to learn I wasn't in the race," Gronik said.

Dana Wachs is also still on the ballot, in the last spot, but he's also withdrawn as well.

There are eight other candidates that hope to go up against Gov. Scott Walker in November: Matt Flynn, Tony Evers, Josh Pade, Mike McCabe, Paul Soglin, Kathleen Vinehout, Mahlon Mitchell and Kelda Roys.

Some Wisconsinites did not even know who was running.

"What I had in mind is to Google it tonight for a little bit of information before I go vote tomorrow," Walker's Point voter Simon Rodrigeuz said. 

Others said it was hard to narrow it down.

"There was definitely a lot to pick from. A lot of them are good too," Lisa Vulpas said

That's why candidates are using every second before the election. Roys went to Milwaukee Public Market this Monday afternoon as a last push before the polls opened on Tuesday.

"We have been communicating with voters more and for longer periods. We have been on TV for almost a month," Roys said.

Mitchell rallied his volunteer door knockers in Milwaukee Monday evening.

"What distinguishes us is, yes we are running a statewide campaign, but we are running it like we are running a local election. And that is to get out and talk to people," Mitchell said.