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Donald's ex-President Trump's influence over the Republican Party is once again at issue in a critical gubernatorial primary, with the former president's backed candidate once again leading the way rice field.
Businessman and former Army Ranger Tim Michels overtook former Lieutenant Rebecca Kleefish to win theRepublican Republican nomination for Wisconsin and won the Democratic nomination in November. It set up an important showdown with Governor Tony Evers. A battlefield for general elections. Evers has been a big target for Republicans as he seeks his second term.
"I want to thank President Trump for his endorsement. This endorsement meant a lot. It was a testament to our rapid rise in this campaign. in Madison," said Michels, the billionaire owner of a construction company who has poured millions of his own money into his bid, late Tuesday night.
Trump said Creefish, a conservative former lieutenant governor who served eight years under Gov. Scott Walker, as he headlined the Michels rally in Wisconsin on Friday. criticized. But the former president took to his media social after the AP predicted a victory for Michels to urge Republicans to unite following the primaries that have sparked divisions in the last few weeks.
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Wisconsin Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Michels (left) speaks while former President Donald Trump (right) Listening at a rally in Woukesha, state (Friday, August). 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
and a very competitive opponent, Rebecca Kleefish," Trump wrote. "I know that both sides will unite to defeat one of the worst governors in the country, Tony Evers." , and prominent gubernatorial losses in Idaho, Nebraska, and Georgia as conservative Republican governor Brian Kemp was overthrown as the candidates he supported were defeated. Trump-backed former Senator David Perdue.
Trump's influence over the Republican Party remains strong following his primary victory
endorsed gubernatorial candidates and Republican primary victories in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and Arizona.
"President Trump is driving Republican voter turnout," saidRepublican National Committee,Republican Governors Association, and a Republican who has held senior positions on the National Republican Senate Committee. consultant Rick Wiley emphasized.
"This race was a toss-up for Election Day. Michelle's victory shows President Trump's ability to rally the bases and push candidates to the finish line." } It's been a tough race, Rebecca Kleefish has been at the forefront of every major battle in Wisconsin for the past decade and her network is strong. Trump rallies have a huge impact on voter turnout and I saw it tonight in Wisconsin', highlighted.
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Trump and The war between former Vice President Mike Pence, former running mates who may be at odds with each other over the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Pence recently endorsed Creefish and traveled with her to campaign for her campaign in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin last week.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate, Lt. Rebecca Kleefish of Wisconsin attends a roundtable meeting in Pewukee, Wisconsin, Aug. 3, 2022 (AP Photo/Molly Gash, File) (AP )
Michels' victory was the second straight victory for a Trump candidate over a Pence candidate. In last week's Republican gubernatorial primary in Arizona, Trump endorsed former TV news anchor Kari Lake and Pence's endorsement of Arizona board of trustee Karin Taylor-Robson. did.
But he came out on top in May when Pence endorsed Kemp and headlined a rally with the governor of Georgia on the eve of Kemp's landslide victory.
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Besides Pence, 2 of the 2024 Republican White House Candidates People, Sen. Ted Cruz Texas and former South Carolina Governor and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley endorsed Kleefish this summer. Did.
Mr. Trump was again successful in the gubernatorial primary, but failed in his mission to oust Wisconsin Republican congressional speaker Robin Voss.
President Biden narrowly won Wisconsin in his 2020 election. At Friday's rally, Trump accused Voss of refusing to accept unproven allegations that his 2020 defeat to Biden was due to massive voter fraud.
state's longest serving Speaker of Congress, her Vos launched a controversial inquiry into her 2020 election in Wisconsin, He led the passage of a series of bills to enhance voting access.
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Mr. Trump, who endorsed Adam Steen just days ago, said the boss's Republican challenger in the primaries was a rally attendee. urged to "fire Robin Boss".
However, Vos survived, outnumbering her Steen by a few percentage points.
Paul Steinhauser is a political reporter based in New Hampshire.