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The Latest: Flynn broadens attacks to Roys, Mitchell

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The Latest on Democratic race for governor (all times local):

8:20 a.m.

Gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn is broadening his attacks against fellow Democrats just days before the primary, saying he doesn't think Kelda Roys or Mahlon Mitchell have a "snowball's chance in hell" of beating Gov. Scott Walker.

Flynn on Wednesday called front-runner Tony Evers "Republican lite" and said that Walker would "have you for lunch."

Flynn told The Associated Press on Thursday that he doesn't think Roys or Mitchell have run effective campaigns. Flynn, Mitchell and Roys are all trailing Evers by double-digits based on recent Marquette University Law School polls.

Flynn says "no one believes" Mitchell or Roys can beat Walker. Neither Mitchell nor Roys immediately returned messages seeking comment.

The primary is Tuesday.


8 a.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn is publicly questioning whether front-runner Tony Evers can defeat Republican Gov. Scott Walker, calling him "Republican lite" and voicing concerns that others have made more quietly throughout the campaign.

Flynn on Wednesday in a candidate debate said to Evers that Walker would "have you for lunch" if Evers isn't aggressive enough in challenging him.

Evers called it a cheap shot.

Flynn and Evers are two of eight Democratic candidates in the race. The election is Tuesday.

Flynn and the other candidates have largely focused their arguments on Walker and what makes them the best one to challenge him. Kelda Roys and Mahlon Mitchell, in particular, have tried to argue they would provide the best contrast with Walker, a more thinly veiled criticism of Evers than the one Flynn lodged.


8:20 p.m.

Democratic candidates for governor are staying unified in opposing Republican Gov. Scott Walker and not targeting one another in a debate that comes just six days before the primary election.

Seven of the eight Democratic candidates gathered for the forum Wednesday in Madison to make their closing arguments to voters.

State superintendent and front-runner Tony Evers took a swipe at Walker saying he has no intention of visiting a prison in Wisconsin. Evers says as leader of the state the governor has a responsibility to visit the prisons.

Former state Rep. Kelda Roys pitched herself as the best candidate to beat Walker, saying she can appeal to married suburban Milwaukee women who care about reducing gun violence and protecting reproductive rights.

Only state firefighter union leader Mahlon Mitchell did not attend. He was in Seattle for a union meeting.


3:11 p.m.

Democratic candidates for governor are gathering for a public forum less than a week before Tuesday's primary.

Seven of the eight candidates were to attend a forum Wednesday night in Madison to be broadcast live on WORT-FM radio and online by WORT and Isthmus, a weekly alternative newspaper in Madison.

The event comes as state Superintendent Tony Evers has emerged as the front-runner in the race, with recent polls showing him enjoying a double-digit lead over the field. But more than a third of voters are undecided, fueling hope for other candidates to make a move.

State firefighter union leader Mahlon Mitchell was in Seattle for an international firefighters union meeting and will miss the forum.

He, former state Rep. Kelda Roys, former state party leader Matt Flynn and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin all have television ads running leading up to the vote.

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