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Michelle will be the Republican nominee for governor of Wisconsin

Michelle will be the Republican nominee for governor of Wisconsin

Madison, Wis. ( Associated Press) — Tim Michels, a wealthy businessman backed by former President Donald Trump, won Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary in Wisconsin and will face incumbent Democrat Tony Evers in a duel. It can mark election in a battlefield.

Michels defeated former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Clayfish, who was supported by traditional Republicans such as former Vice President Mike Pence and former Governor Scott Walker.

In his victory speech, Michels said his campaign would be focused on “protecting the working people of Wisconsin.” He has been dumped by the Democratic Party, which wants to focus only on social issues. He promised to prioritize jobs and the economy.

The Evers campaign described Michelle as “the most extreme and divisive candidate who will say anything to Donald Trump to maintain his support.”

Both Michels and Klefisk falsely claimed that the 2020 presidential election was rigged, a lie that Trump has pushed in hopes of reversing his defeat to Joe Biden. Mitchell said canceling the election is not a priority, but “everything will be on the table.” He also defends other electoral changes such as abolishing the bipartisan commission that manages voting in Wisconsin.

The fight was a new indirect battle between Trump and Pence, who had previously been allies and who supported rival candidates in other battlefield states in their efforts to steer the GOP in opposite directions.

The Associated was told that the vote on Tuesday came as part of an investigation by FBI agents into Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, in which he took White House documents to his Florida residence. had gone. Press two people familiar with the matter.

In the Democratic Senate primary, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes won the nomination to face Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters, after being ousted from Barnes’ main rivals late last month. It was formally one of the last battles before the general elections in November, when the now 50% divided Senate will be at stake. Democrats see Wisconsin as one of their best chances of winning the seat.

Wisconsin’s most powerful Republican, state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, defeated the Trump-backed candidate. Vos, who shrugged off pressure from the former president to annul the 2020 election results, said his victory shows “you don’t have to be a lapdog or whatever Donald Trump calls you.”

Tuesday’s results had implications beyond Wisconsin, a state roughly halfway between Republican and Democrat and where the midterm elections are seen as a preview of the 2024 presidential election. The person elected as governor this fall will be in position during the presidential election and will be able to support or veto changes to electoral law approved by the Republican-dominated state chamber. In addition, the next governor and his federal senator will be able to influence decisions on issues such as abortion, education and taxes.

“We are a state divided down the middle, so by definition any vote in Wisconsin is going to be decided by a few percentage points in some way or another,” said former Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. “And those few percentage points in Wisconsin could very well set the course of the country for years to come.”

In other primaries on Tuesday, the Trump-backed candidate won the Republican Senate nomination in Connecticut, a state that had been a mainstream stronghold of the party for years. Leora Levy won Trump’s endorsement last week and will face Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, who has two terms of experience.

Voters in Vermont — the only state to never have a woman in its congressional delegation — chose a woman, Becca Balint, as the Democratic nominee for the state’s only seat in the House of Representatives. He is the favorite to replace Representative Peter Welch, who won the Democratic nomination for a Senate seat held for years by Patrick Leahy, who is retiring. And the Minnesota Republican, backed by the state’s GOP, called on COVID-19 vaccine-skeptic Dr. Chose Scott Jensen.

But the closest vote was in Wisconsin, where Trump kept up his pressure to call for the annulment of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. Four years after Trump narrowly won the state, Biden won by nearly 21,000 votes. by equal margin. The 2020 result has been supported by two partial recalculations, a non-partisan audit, analysis by a conservative law firm, and multiple lawsuits.

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Burnett reported from Chicago. Journalist Gretchen Ehlke contributed from Thiensville, Wisconsin.

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