Kleefisch concedes in Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial primary race
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch conceded in the race to be Wisconsin’s governor Tuesday night. Her concession sets up businessman Tim Michels to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the fall.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” Kleefisch said. “I have never seen a harder working, more dedicated team of activists than the one here tonight, God bless you. I am so proud to call you friends.”
Kleefisch backed Michels in her concession speech, urging her supporters to stay in the fight against Gov. Evers.
Kleefisch supporter Mark Herbster said he would be backing Michels if he ended up being the selected GOP candidate.
“I absolutely would support him if he wins,” Herbster said. “And honestly I do think he would be a great governor as well. My main concern was just the lack of history here in the government, the lack of history in the state. I know he is a phenomenal man, a phenomenal business man, and if he wins I will absolutely get fully behind him.”
The Kleefisch campaign said the former lieutenant governor voted early Tuesday morning when the polls opened at 7 a.m. in Concord, Wisconsin.
Kleefisch launched her campaign for governor on Sept. 9, 2021, making her one of the candidates that’s been in the race for the Republican seat the longest.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined Kleefisch in Pewaukee last week for a round table discussion with law enforcement officials.
The 2022 General Election takes place on Nov. 8.
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