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Tim Michels has been endorsed by the former president, while Rebecca Kleefisch is the preferred candidate of the former vice president.
The winner of the Aug. 9 primary will go on to face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who is seeking a second term, on Nov. 8 in what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested gubernatorial races in the country this year.
Tim Michels and Rebecca Kleefisch were leading the race in recent statewide polling, separated by 1 percentage point.
Tim Michels has spent nearly $12 million of his own money on his largely self-funded campaign since entering the race in late April.
After saying decertifying the results of the 2020 presidential election was "not a priority" if he's elected governor, Michels on Monday said "everything will be on the table." Kleefisch said "no, it's not constitutionally possible."
Michels, the millionaire co-owner of Brownsville-based Michels Corp., and Kleefisch, who served eight years under former Gov. Scott Walker, were leading the race in recent statewide polling, separated by 1 percentage point.
The three major candidates running are Tim Michels, the millionaire co-owner of Brownsville-based construction company Michels Corp., former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and state Rep. Timothy Ramthun, R-Campbellsport.
“It’s not a priority," Michels said, when pressed on the issue of decertification. Michels has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who continues to make unfounded claims of a "stolen" election despite no evidence of widespread fraud.
All told, 31 individuals donated $20,000 to Evers campaign, the most allowed under state law, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday.
Michels, who spent all but about $320,000 of those funds, largely on television ads, is in a sharply contested gubernatorial primary with former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who raised more than $3.6 million in the first half of the year
There's been a resurgence of calls asking state Republicans to decertify the presidential election.
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch attacked rival Tim Michels by name for the first time in a television ad.
Rebecca Kleefisch, Timothy Ramthun and Kevin Nicholson all highlighted the absence of the Trump-endorsed candidate.
The latest poll finds that 27% of Republican primary voters support Michels, the millionaire co-owner of Brownsville-based Michels Corp., while 26% support former Lt. Gov. Kleefisch. The poll has a margin of error of 6.3% among GOP primary voters.
All signs point to another year of record-setting midterm election spending.
Earlier in the day, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels joined other Republican candidates in calling for abolition of commission.
Despite disagreement on the endorsement process and continued discourse within the party over the 2020 election, Republicans tried to champion a message of unity as the only way to defeat Gov. Tony Evers this fall.
At the Republican Party of Wisconsin's state convention in Middleton next weekend, the previous election will be a hot topic.
Candidate Tim Michels' plan would drastically alter the state elections commission, but also falls short of calls by his three GOP challengers to completely abolish the agency.
Six months out from the November election, Republican and Democratic senatorial and gubernatorial candidates could hardly differ more on abort…
Michels, 59, is co-owner of Michels Corp., a family-owned international energy and infrastructure construction business.
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If Michels enters the gubernatorial race, he would join an GOP primary ballot that already includes former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson and state Rep. Timothy Ramthun, R-Campbellsport.
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