Nicholson confident in his chances for U.S. Senate seat

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Kevin Nicholson didn’t win the GOP endorsement Saturday at the Republican convention in Milwaukee, but he’s confident he’ll win in August and again in November. “We had the weekend we anticipated,” Nicholson said Tuesday in Chippewa Falls. “We met with a lot of primary voters.” > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Walker delivers upbeat speech, rouses delegates at GOP convention

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For Gov. Scott Walker, Saturday’s speech at the state Republican Party convention in Milwaukee was an unusual balancing act, in which he sought to provide a wake-up call while inspiring the delegates, and detailing past successes and while laying out an agenda for the future. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At convention, Wisconsin Republicans defiant against talk of a 2018 ‘blue wave’

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Wisconsin Republican leaders were defiant in the face of a predicted “blue wave” of Democratic victories as they rallied supporters at the party’s state convention on Saturday.  “That blue wave is about to crash into the red wall,” said state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. > Cap Times

‘Thank you for the opportunity:’ Ryan gives final state GOP convention speech

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Looking back on almost 20 years in public office, Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday that he didn’t think he’d end his career third in line to the presidency. “I’m just a guy from Janesville that really didn’t expect to be doing what I’m doing,” Ryan said at the state GOP convention. > Racine Journal Times

Johnson: After weekend’s convention, weaker GOP US Senate candidate should drop out

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is urging the weaker of the two Republican Senate candidates – Leah Vukmir or Kevin Nicholson – to exit the race sometime after this weekend’s state GOP convention, where the marquee event will bestow a GOP endorsement upon one of them. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Dems at convention say they’re energized, but questions loom for 2018

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At their annual convention last weekend, Democrats found rising enthusiasm but an unanswered question for 2018: Who among this gathering is willing to challenge Gov. Walker next year? Potential candidates such as Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) and Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik mixed with the crowd, but said no, they hadn’t decided yet. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel