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Vukmir makes local stop before primary

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    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir speaks Saturday at the Republican Party of Eau Claire County office, 3192 London Road.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir briefly made a stop in Eau Claire on Saturday to firm up support in the final days leading to Tuesday’s primary.

Vukmir faces off against fellow GOP candidates Kevin Nicholson, George C. Lucia, Griffin Jones and Charles Barman on Tuesday in the statewide race. The winner will go on to oppose incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

The current Marquette University Law School polling data from July shows Vukmir with a two-point lead over Nicholson.

In Eau Claire Vukmir was critical of Baldwin and said that there is no “blue wave” happening in Wisconsin.

“Wouldn’t you love to see me debate her,” Vukmir said to a gathering of local Republicans.

In a statement from Nicholson, he said that he’s excited for the upcoming primary and is looking forward to the general election in November.

“It is going to take an outsider to beat Tammy Baldwin in November and she clearly knows this based on the attack ads that she’s already running against me,” he said. “Anyone looking honestly at the failures of the Senate knows that it’s going to take someone from outside of the political class to accomplish real change in Washington.”

Vukmir emphasized her support for President Donald Trump saying that she will stand by him in an effort to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this month, the Nicholson campaign began airing ads criticizing Vukmir’s apparent lack of support for Trump in 2016. Vukmir eventually supported Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

On Saturday she said she is proud to stand with Trump and reminds supporters that she was part of group of women that supported Trump’s presidential efforts.

She thanked the more than 20 people in attendance at the Republican Party of Eau Claire County office, 3192 London Road, for their letters and prayers thus far in her campaign.

“We are a strong group of Republicans,” she said.

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