Former President Donald Trump opted to endorse Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels in the GOP primary.
The businessman has surged in the polls since entering the race later than other opponents.
“Tim Michels is a very successful businessman running for Governor of the Great State of Wisconsin,” Trump said in a statement. “During my Administration, Tim served on my infrastructure task force, and helped us plan and start building the Keystone XL Pipeline before Joe Biden launched his assault on American Energy production.”
At the same time, he took a shot at incumbent Governor Tony Evers for his record on policies in the state. Republicans have slammed Evers for an extended crime spike that has remained in the state.
As President Biden polls underwater, his standing may hurt Democrats like Evers seeking re-election.
“The current Governor, Tony Evers, has been an abject failure for the people of Wisconsin, from his abysmal handling of the China Virus, where his lockdowns were unprecedented, to rampant crime across the State,” he continued.
Trump opted to select Michels over former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, businessman Kevin Nicholson, and State Representative Timothy Ramthun (R-Campbellsport).
“Tim Michels is the best candidate to deliver meaningful solutions to these problems, and he will produce jobs like no one else can even imagine. Tim is an America First Conservative who Supports our Second Amendment, Honors our Brave Law Enforcement and First Responders, and Stands Strongly against the Woke Mob trying to destroy our Country,” Trump added. “Tim Michels has my Complete and Total Endorsement. If Wisconsin has the wisdom to make Tim their next governor, it will have unprecedented success!”
Wisconsin is expected to be a top battleground in the midterm elections, as outside groups will likely pour millions into the state. Primary election day is August 9.
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