Wisconsin Senate race

Leah Vukmir Wins Wisconsin GOP Primary to Take On Tammy Baldwin
Baldwin is one of 10 Senate Democrats running in a state Trump won in 2016

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., will face Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir in her bid for a second term in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

State Sen. Leah Vukmir won Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary in Wisconsin, notching a victory for the state GOP. Vukmir’s win sets up another opportunity for Wisconsin Republicans to take down one of the last remaining high-profile Democrats in the state.

Vukmir led Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson 54 percent to 40 percent, when The Associated Press called the race with 56 percent of precincts reporting. She will now take on vulnerable incumbent Tammy Baldwin, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Wisconsin Republicans Look to Head Off Divisive Senate Primary
GOP wants candidates to make “unity pledge” to participate in endorsement process

Wisconsin Republicans Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir have both said they will sign the unity pledge. (Courtesy Kevin Nicholson for Senate, Leah Vukmir for Senate)

Wisconsin Republicans are launching a new “unity pledge,” calling for Senate candidates to promise to support the eventual nominee — an attempt to unify after a potentially divisive GOP primary.

The state party announced Wednesday that candidates looking to earn the endorsement of grass-roots conservatives at the state convention will have to sign the pledge. Signees will also agree to conduct their campaigns “in a manner that is respectful of my fellow Republican candidates,” according to a copy of the agreement.

GOP Gears Up for Primary in Wisconsin Senate Race
Candidates already battling over conservative bona fides

Donald Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Janesville, Wis., in March 2016 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Republican primary is officially underway in the Wisconsin Senate race, with candidates facing off over who should take on Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year.

President Donald Trump won the Badger State by less than one point in November, the first time a Republican presidential nominee had won Wisconsin in more than 30 years. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson also ran 2 points ahead of Trump in winning a second term.

Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy Will Forgo Senate Bid
Other potential candidates had been waiting on congressman’s decision

Rep. Sean Duffy announced he’s passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 9:35 a.m. Feb. 16 with Duffy announcement

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy announced Thursday he will pass on a run for Senate in 2018.

Right Wing Group Attempts to Draft Sheriff Clarke in Wisconsin
Another draft-Clarke group attacked Baldwin for her sexuality

A pro-President Donald Trump group is trying to draft Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to run against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An outside group is trying to draft Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

In an email to supporters, the Committee to Defend the President, said it was trying to solicit 100,000 signatures within 48 hours to convince Clarke to run.

Republicans Target Baldwin on Gorsuch
Comes as Democratic senator in state Trump won opposes Supreme Court pick

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., is facing criticism from Republicans for opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans are targeting Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., for her opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Baldwin, who is up for re-election in 2018, has said she would oppose Gorsuch’s nomination, but said she would meet with him, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Republicans in Tight Races Hit Opponents on Clinton Emails
GOP candidates try to turn tables on Democrats and their presidential nominee

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte released an ad tying her Democratic opponent, Gov. Maggie Hassan, to the Hillary Clinton email scandal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just days after Democrats were tying Republican candidates to Donald Trump’s hot mic moment, Republicans in contested races are seizing FBI Director James B. Comey’s revelation about possible new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email investigation to attack their Democratic opponents.

Comey announced last Friday the discovery of emails pertaining to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. He has since been pummeled by Democrats, concerned that his unusual move could influence the election.

Wisconsin Senate Race Getting Nasty
Johnson calls Feingold a phony, Feingold says Johnson's getting desperate

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said he didn’t respect his Democratic opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, because “I don’t respect phoniness.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The race between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold in Wisconsin is becoming increasingly personal as the race comes to a close.

In a radio interview Tuesday, Johnson, who unseated Feingold in 2010, repeated his view that he did not respect Feingold.

Poll: Wisconsin Senate Race Tightens
Johnson now within the margin of error

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is gaining on former Sen. Russ Feingold, whom he unseated in 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows the Wisconsin Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold tightening.

The Marquette University Law School poll found 46 percent of likely voters supporting Feingold while 44 percent backed Johnson. In September, the same poll showed Feingold with a 5-point lead.

Super PAC Hits Feingold on Partial-Birth Abortion
Says he voted for it eight times while he was in the Senate

Former Sen. Russ Feingold's campaign said opponent Sen. Ron Johnson is "hiding behind super PACs and dark money groups to do his dirty work for him." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC is attacking former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold for his past votes on partial birth abortion.

The TV ad, which the Reform Wisconsin Fund spent $365,000 to make, shows a newborn child and describes in graphic detail how partial birth abortion works before saying Feingold voted in support of the practice eight times.