Ryan, Sensenbrenner endorse Vukmir in US Senate primary

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner are endorsing Leah Vukmir (VOOK’-mir) in a Republican primary for Democrat Tammy Baldwin’s U.S. Senate seat.

Vukmir, a state senator, is running against management consultant and political newcomer Kevin Nicholson in the Aug. 14 primary. Vukmir has tried to play up her conservative voting record and support for Trump, even though she didn’t initially endorse him.

Nicholson is running as the outsider. He brands Vukmir as a career politician.

Ryan says in his endorsement Monday that Vukmir is a longtime friend and conservative ally who’s committed to challenging the status quo.

Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Brad Bainum says Ryan “embodies the worst of Washington’s corporate special interest corruption, so it’s no surprise that he wants Leah Vukmir elected to the U.S. Senate.”

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