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Vukmir to Challenge Baldwin

She has the support of billionaire Diane Hendricks.

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Kimberly Railey
Sept. 7, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R) jumped into the race to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D), joining management consultant Kevin Nicholson (R) in the GOP primary.

"In a campaign video and announcement that was released Thursday morning, Vukmir cast herself as a 'consistent conservative' who during tough political battles stood side by side with Republican Gov. Scott Walker. By emphasizing her deep roots among Wisconsin Republicans, Vukmir, 59, is seeking to offer a vivid contrast with the only other candidate in race." Nicholson is a former Democrat who was once president of the College Democrats of America.

"Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, owner of ABC Supply, will serve as Vukmir's finance co-chair."

"In her campaign video, Vukmir traced her history as a mother and nurse who entered the public arena as a strong proponent of school reform and joined the conservative wing of the Republican Party."

Eric Hovde (R), a 2012 candidate, "has said he'll make a decision on the race in early October." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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