Friday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 77. Sunrise is 5:44 AM and sunset 8:18 PM for 14h 34m 14s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 0.7% of its visible disk illuminated.
In the WISGOP gubernatorial primary, both Donald Trump and Tommy Thompson are backing Tim Michels. Mike Pence has now endorsed Rebecca Kleefisch. Deneen Smith reports on Pence’s July 27th endorsement:
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch announced she is being endorsed in the governor’s race by former Vice President Mike Pence.
Kleefisch shared the Pence endorsement on Twitter. Her post includes a statement from Pence calling her “the only candidate that will deliver a stronger and more prosperous Wisconsin.”
Kleefisch’s announcement comes the day after former President Donald Trump said he was coming to Waukesha to campaign for Tim Michels ahead of the primary. Michels is Kleefisch’s main rival in the Republican primary race, with the two roughly tied in the most recent polling by the Marquette University Law School Poll.
What to make of this? Public polling shows the race is close. Is Trump visiting Wisconsin because he thinks Michels needs a push, or because Trump thinks he’ll be able to take credit for a likely Michels win by appearing in Wisconsin before the primary?
Pence’s endorsement suggests Pence believes the race is close, and thinks the former lieutenant governor has a good prospect of winning. It’s hard to believe that Pence would risk an endorsement of someone he thought was a sure loser. (If Michels wins, Trump will spend days taking credit and deprecating Kleefisch, Walker, Pence, their children, and any pets they have: ‘They choked like dogs; even their dogs choked like dogs.’)
I’ve thought this was Michels’s race to lose, and perhaps it still is. Nonetheless, both sides, it seems, think Michels could lose. And from that suspected possibility, we have Pence v. Trump.