ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - Former Wisconsin Lutenient Governor Rebecca Kleefisch said it would be foolish for Republicans to think the blue wave is over.
Kleefisch and other Republican leaders are in Onalaska for the La Crosse County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Dinner.
While the focus is on the upcoming state supreme court election, Kleefisch is also looking ahead to the presidential election. She said Republicans can't assume that everything is going to be the same as when President Trump was elected in 2016.
She says Democrats are sending a direct message by selecting Milwaukee as the host for the party's 2020 National Convention. And, Kleefisch said the GOP needs to counter that message with their own ideas about what the election will mean for the state and country.
"I think that the Democratic Party has taken a long at their recent history, realized that President Trump made it here to Wisconsin. Hillary Clinton did not. Donald Trump won the state of Wisconsin and so the DNC is not just sending their candidate- they're sending their whole army," said Kleefisch, who now serves as the Executive Director for the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.
Other Republican leaders at the event said the party has learned from its mistakes during the last election. And, they have new leadership within the state Republican party and will be better prepared for next time.
"The elections in Wisconsin are always very close. So yes, I expect that the elections next year for president and state offices will be very close. And that's why we have to learn from our mistakes and be our very best if we're going to win," said Bill Feehan, chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party.
The next election in Wisconsin is on April 2nd.
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