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Former President Donald Trump scored another proxy victory over former Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday, as the onetime commander-in-chief’s pick won Wisconsin’s Republican gubernatorial primary.
Trump threw his support behind Tim Michels, a construction magnate who sank $12 million into his own campaign, while Pence endorsed Rebecca Kleefisch, the former lieutenant governor who served under ex-GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
Michels had a 47% to 43% lead over Kleefisch by the time the Associated Press called the race at 10:35 p.m. local time.
Both gubernatorial hopefuls backed Trump’s assertion that the 2020 presidential election was stolen due to voter fraud, but Kleefisch has said decertifying the results was “not constitutional,” while Michels said “everything is on the table.”
President Biden narrowly defeated Trump in Wisconsin.