Sen. Baldwin Responds to Vukmir Victory

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Published: Aug. 15, 2018 at 2:55 PM CDT
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Current Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin responds to Leah Vukmir's win in the Republican primary race and looks ahead to November election.

Sen. Baldwin ran uncontested in the Wisconsin partisan primary. She will face Vukmir in the November race for her Senate seat.

In an interview with NBC15's Hannah Flood Sen. Baldwin said she was excited about the number of Democratic voters that participated in the fall primary election.

"I think there were a lot of people who got very engaged in the past couple of years mostly around issues. They saw the risk of their health care being ripped away, unfair policies that they wanted to get involved in influencing and they brought that energy and engagement to the ballot box," Sen. Baldwin said.

She addressed the outside money that has been spent on attack advertisements against her during the primary race.

"There was some $11 million spent starting in early 2017 on nasty attack ads against me and, I have to say, they started before there was any announced candidate on the other side. I have concluded that they see that I will always stand up to them," Sen. Baldwin said.

Sen. Baldwin said she expects those attack ads to continue.

"I don't expect them to step down at all. I am convinced that whoever stands up for Wisconsin is going to win," Sen. Baldwin said.

Sen. Baldwin said she doesn't think the attacks from people outside of Wisconsin will convince Wisconsinites to vote her out of office.

"I really think this race is about the people of this state and that, in the end, they're going to be voting for the person in their corner not the person that's going to be touting those special interests," Sen. Baldwin said.

Leah Vukmir, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, was not available for comment on Wednesday.

In her victory speech on Tuesday Vukmir called herself an "underdog" compared to the money and resources Sen. Baldwin has going in to the November race.

"They are going to say we can't win but what they don't realize is that it's going to take a lot more than money to beat this mom with a cause," Vukmir said.

Vukmir called out Sen. Baldwin for also receiving funding from out of state. She said there's enough momentum behind her to take Baldwin's seat.

"I've got a message for Tammy Baldwin, Tammy Baldwin and her far left extremists, from San Fransisco to New York: bring it on," Vukmir said.