Wisconsin News

Election 2022: Michels wins Wisconsin GOP governor primary, will face Evers

Businessman Tim Michels has won Wisconsin's Republican nomination to take on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Tuesday’s primary sets up a high-stakes contest that could reshape how elections are conducted in the marquee battleground. Michels was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. He defeated former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who had support from former Vice President Mike Pence. Michels promised to stand up for people who “have been left behind by the Democratic Party,” while Evers’ campaign called him “the most extreme and divisive nominee possible." Earlier Tuesday, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes won the Democratic U.S. Senate primary and will face Sen. Ron Johnson.

Wisconsin Assembly leader Vos beats Trump-backed challenger

Wisconsin’s most powerful Republican narrowly survived being targeted by Donald Trump in Tuesday’s primary, then said his win proved that lawmakers “don’t have to be a lapdog to whatever Donald Trump says.” Robin Vos, the longest-serving speaker in the state’s history, overcame intense criticism from Trump and others that he hadn’t pursued decertifying the 2020 election won by President Joe Biden. But the narrow margin of his win over Adam Steen, a landlord and political newcomer, suggested the power Trump still holds over many conservative voters.