Construction executive Tim Michels, a candidate backed by the ‘Kingmaker,’ has won the Republican nomination for governor in Wisconsin and will face incumbent Democrat Governor Tony Evers in November.
With the endorsement of Donald Trump, Michels, who had contested against former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and State Assemblyman Tim Ramthun, came out victorious just as expected.
Kleefisch was endorsed by names like former Governor Scott Walker, former Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz, and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. However, the victor was endorsed by former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and the kingmaker, former President Donald Trump.
In Trump’s endorsement, he said: “Wisconsin needs a Governor who will Stop Inflation, Uphold the Rule of Law, strengthen our Borders (we had the strongest borders in history just two years ago, now we have the weakest!) and End the well-documented Fraud in our Elections.”
Trump added, “Tim is an America First Conservative who Supports our Second Amendment, Honors our Brave Law Enforcement and First Responders, and Stands Strongly against the Woke Mob trying to destroy our Country.”
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Michels had served in the army for 12 years before leaving as a major. His company Michel’s Corporation currently employs about 8,000 workers in the United States.
Michels had emerged victorious as he led Kleefisch with over 20,000 votes. He had gotten almost 50% of the total votes, with Ramthun getting about 5%.
Kleefisch, who lost by 5%, got more votes in suburban areas like Dane and Milwaukee counties, though Michels also remained competitive there. Michels, however, did better generally but mainly in the state’s rural areas.
When asked why he was running for governor, Michels had told the media that the state of the United States was very concerning, and he needed to do his part.
“I am running for governor because I am very concerned about the direction that the country is heading and extremely concerned about the lack of leadership from Governor Evers here in Wisconsin.”
Michels added that what the people need at the moment is a businessman as they are tired of career politicians, which is precisely what he brings to the table. For the entire period of his campaign, Michels had said that he would bring the needed change to the state. He made his intentions very clear and said he would decrease the influence of lobbying on state politics, uphold Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban, end unmanned ballot boxes, and end the Wisconsin Election Commission.
Tim Michels, a wealthy Wisconsin businessman backed by Donald Trump, won the Republican gubernatorial primary and will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the battleground state #WSJWhatsNow https://t.co/DQcr60zri8 pic.twitter.com/aGZ4Qb4h8M
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In addition, he has also made education reform, ensuring that Critical Race Theory is not taught in Wisconsin schools, a major component of his campaign. At a debate last month, he added that he would fully support the republican policy of paid family leave.
Though the elections are expected to be tight, the kingmaker’s candidate seems to be the people’s choice as they have been pleased with his campaign so far.