Top Republicans now promise to support Jacque in Senate race

May 17, 2018

MADISON A pair of powerful Assembly Republicans are reversing course and pledging to support Rep. Andre Jacque in his bid for an open state Senate seat.

Jacque defeated Alex Renard in a GOP primary Tuesday to advance to the June 12 general election against Democrat Caleb Frostman. The winner gets the 1st Senate District seat.

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke and Joint Finance Committee co-chairman John Nygren backed Renard rather than Jacque during the run-up to the primary.

They changed course Wednesday. Steineke tweeted his congratulations to Jacque, saying "Time to circle the wagons." Nygren said in a telephone interview he supported Renard because he thought he was best positioned to win the primary But he said will support Jacque because the voters picked him.

Jacque's voicemail was full Wednesday morning.

Vukmir's GOP endorsement highlighted in new Senate race ad

MADISON Leah Vukmir's endorsement by the Wisconsin Republican Party is being highlighted in the latest television ad in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate.

The Wisconsin Next PAC released a new ad Wednesday for Vukmir. The group says it is spending just shy of $500,000 on the TV ad, radio and digital spots that tout Vukmir's endorsement that she won over GOP rival Kevin Nicholson.

The TV ad says the Wisconsin Republican Party endorsed Vukmir because she is a "consistent conservative."

That's been a central part of her message against Nicholson, a political newcomer who was the head of College Democrats nearly 20 years ago.

Nicholson is running as an outsider and did not compete as hard as Vukmir for the GOP endorsement. She got 73 percent of delegates, while Nicholson got 27 percent.


Associated Press