As Rep. Ramthun enters Wisconsin governor race, results on Republican major might minimize a number of methods | WUWM 89.7 FM

The Republican major within the race for Wisconsin governor this 12 months has entered an much more unsure section, due to a weekend announcement.

State Rep. Timothy Ramthun confirmed rumors that he is getting into the governor’s race. The Republican from Campbellsport, 50 miles northwest of Milwaukee, kicked off his marketing campaign Saturday at Kewaskum Excessive Faculty.

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Ramthun stated God desires him to run.”I’ve to attempt. He requested me to, so I’ll. That is an historic and unprecedented time like by no means earlier than. And, I am prepared. Ship me!,” he exclaimed.

Ramthun and different audio system quoted the Bible a number of occasions in the course of the three-and-a-half-hour occasion. One other unifying theme was Ramthun’s competition that President Joe Biden did not carry Wisconsin within the November 2020 election and that the state’s already-cast electoral votes ought to go to former President Donald Trump. A Trump-backed recount confirmed Biden gained right here, and court docket rulings have blocked different challenges to that outcome.

Republican legislative leaders are additionally stifling Ramthun’s so-called decertify motion. So, the lawmaker is partly working towards the GOP institution.

Viewers members within the Kewaskum Excessive Faculty theatre take heed to Ramthun and different audio system.

J.R. Ross, editor of WisPolitics.com, says an issue for Ramthun is that there are already two main candidates within the Republican gubernatorial major, Kevin Nicholson and Rebecca Kleefisch.

“Rebecca Kleefisch has principally been working for governor since she misplaced her election bid for lieutenant governor in 2018. I imply, clearly, she hasn’t formally been working, however she’s been principally doing the groundwork for it. Kevin Nicholson — he had a conservative group, No Better Friend. He was on the market doing occasions for fairly a while earlier than saying his bid for governor. The query is how does Ramthun exit constructing his personal marketing campaign? Can he get one thing collectively that’s vital sufficient that he’ll be an actual drive on this race?” Ross tells WUWM.

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J.R. Ross is editor of WisPolitics.com

Ross says assuming Ramthun cannot win the GOP nomination, one thought in political circles is that the lawmaker’s standing as a celebration outsider will damage Nicholson’s marketing campaign.

“As a result of Nicholson’s working an outsider strategy to his marketing campaign, proper? Rebecca Kleefisch has been well-known to social gathering insiders for years. She’s labored that crowd, gone to conventions. She held statewide workplace for years, she is type of a celebration insider, proper?” he says.

However Ross says one other line of pondering is that Kleefisch should ultimately reply to conservatives’ claims that the 2020 election in Wisconsin was stolen from Trump.

“Kleefisch should have a superb reply to those questions when she is requested about it as a result of if Kleefisch wins the nomination, and Ramthun supporters are sad, are they going to be like, ‘My man did not win however Kleefisch has earned my vote. Or, her reply wasn’t enough, I am not turning out for her.’ I actually do not know,” he says.

Ross says one factor to observe is whether or not Trump endorses Ramthun.

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Pillow firm govt Mike Lindell (middle) is interviewed by a staffer at Proper Facet Broadcasting Community (RSBN), as Rep. Timothy Ramthun (left) eyes the viewers.

On Saturday, former Trump administration nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn known as in by telephone to endorse Ramthun, and outstanding Trump supporter pillow firm govt Mike Lindell was in Kewaskum to supply this prediction concerning the legislator.

“I am going to simply put it proper on the market that I am endorsing. He’ll be the very best governor your nation, your state ever had in historical past!” Lindell exclaimed to cheers from the viewers of greater than 200.

The winner of the Aug. 9 GOP major will tackle Gov. Tony Evers within the November election for governor.

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