Making a big push to upset Tammy Baldwin
August 28, 2018
[Madison, WI] — After spending her career picking Washington over Wisconsin, voters are ready to send Tammy Baldwin a message this fall. From health care to tax reform, Leah Vukmir’s conservative record of results offers a contrast to Baldwin – it’s time to send our Wisconsin way to Washington with Leah.
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A Republican Underdog Fights for a Senate Seat in Wisconsin
August 27, 2018
While many political observers have written off the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin as unwinnable for the GOP, Vukmir, a Republican state senator, has already pulled off a big victory in a tight primary earlier this month — and she intends to give incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin a real challenge between now and November.
But Vukmir dominated where it mattered most: the state’s GOP establishment. The Republican party in Wisconsin is one of the strongest and most influential state parties in the country, and as a long-time local politician with high name recognition, Vukmir was confident in her ability to win the support she needed at the polls. In May, she locked down the Republican party of Wisconsin’s endorsement with a whopping 72 percent of ballots, a resounding vote of confidence from state party insiders. She also managed to obtain key endorsements from Wisconsin congressman Sean Duffy and House speaker Paul Ryan. It proved to be more than enough, propelling her to victory over Nicholson on August 14 with nearly 49 percent of the vote to his 43 percent.
The way Vukmir tells it, she never intended to become involved in politics, much less to mount an underdog challenge to an incumbent Senate Democrat. Vukmir made a name for herself about ten years ago in the state legislature, ringleading an effort to bolster Wisconsin’s school-choice program, which had reached the enrollment limit set by the legislature and required an expansion to continue flourishing.
For Vukmir, then, the key to victory likely will lie not in aligning herself with Trump, but in doing exactly what she did during the Republican primary: making the case that she understands the needs of voters in her state better than her opponent.
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