Daily Bread for 8.2.23: Rep. Tiffany’s Not Running Against Sen. Baldwin (Because He Knows He’d Lose)

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 85. Sunrise is 5:48 AM and sunset 8:14 PM for 14h 25m 59s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 99.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1939, Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.

The last established WISGOP officeholder who might challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin has declined the race. Anya van Wagtendonk reports US Rep. Tom Tiffany won’t challenge US Sen. Tammy Baldwin, leaving Republican field wide open (‘Tiffany announced Tuesday that he’ll run for reelection in his northern Wisconsin Congressional district instead’):

Another prospective Republican candidate for U.S. Senate has announced he won’t run in 2024, leaving U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin without a declared GOP challenger in her reelection bid.

U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Minocqua, announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection in his northwestern Wisconsin Congressional district instead.

“While Tammy Baldwin is vulnerable due to her record as a rubber stamp for President Biden, I can make the greatest impact continuing to serve the great people of Wisconsin in the House of Representatives,” Tiffany said in a written statement.

A spokesperson for his campaign said that Tiffany will support whoever runs against Baldwin next year. So far, there are no declared contenders.

Tiffany’s decision comes less than two months after another Republican congressperson, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, announced he will not run.

Tiffany entered Congress after winning a 2020 special election in a landslide. He won with a similar margin in 2022.

But he’d face a different electorate running for statewide office, according to Anthony Chergosky, a political scientist at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

“It seems like Tiffany would have a pretty darn good chance at winning the Republican nomination if he opted to run,” Chergosky said. “But he does, after all, represent a very secure district, and running for Senate would have been a major roll of the dice on his part.”

Baldwin’s not vulnerable to any of the WISGOP challengers she’d face. Despite his bluster, Tiffany knows that. 

That’s why he’s not running.

See also Baldwin as the Prohibitive Favorite, Closer to Unbeatable (‘Tiffany, slathered in insurrection, would be a worse version of Leah Vukmir. It would be as though central casting sent over the nuttiest, dog-crap-quality opponent they could find to run statewide against Baldwin. Someone should check if Baldwin has a relative in the WISGOP who’s pushing Tiffany as a choice’), and Gallagher Won’t Run, So Baldwin’s Looking to Win in a Walk

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