Friday in Whitewater will see sunny skies with a high of 74. Sunrise is 5:18 AM and sunset 8:28 PM for 15h 10m 55s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 13.7% of its visible disk illuminated.
If a mid-May poll is accurate, then with about two months to go, the WISGOP gubernatorial primary is close: “27 percent of the respondents said if the primary were held now, they were most likely to vote for [Tim] Michels while 26 percent answered [Rebecca] Kleefisch.” Michels has bags full of his own cash, so he has the means to overwhelm Kleefisch in advertising over the next eight weeks. (Michels has in his own hands an amount of money that Kevin Nicholson hoped, but has not received, from donors.)
Trump, nicked after an ineffectual endorsement in Georgia’s GOP primary, has a much better chance to look the kingmaker with a Michels endorsement. And so, on cue, he’s endorsed Michels. Shawn Johnson reports Trump endorses Tim Michels in Wisconsin governor’s race:
While Trump’s endorsement record has been mixed this year, in some states, his support has been enough to help one candidate emerge from a crowded Republican primary. Michels and Kleefisch both visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Springs, Florida to make personal appeals to the former president.
“Wisconsin needs a Governor who will Stop Inflation, Uphold the Rule of Law, strengthen our Borders (we had the strongest borders in history just two years ago, now we have the weakest!) and End the well-documented Fraud in our Elections,” read a written statement from Trump Thursday night. “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.”
The endorsement gives Trump a chance to claim bragging rights in Wisconsin, two years after he narrowly lost the state and two years before he could be on the ballot again. Kleefisch is backed by former Gov. Scott Walker, once the undisputed leader of Wisconsin Republicans who helped build the state party into one of the nation’s strongest. Walker has campaigned for Kleefisch, but his support never came close to clearing the field.
Walker’s faded in popularity, but ardor for Trump within the WISGOP is more intense than Walker ever received. For it all, Michels would do the primary campaigning, and spend his own money, to win a primary race for which Trump would claim the credit. Trump won’t have made a winner; he’ll have climbed on a winner’s back.