Major Republicans take sides in primary battle for key Wisconsin congressional district

Major Republicans take sides in primary battle for key Wisconsin congressional district
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The Right Wing

Wisconsin will be one of the most crucial battleground states in the 2020 presidential election, and one of the districts where President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee will be fighting for votes is the 7th Congressional District — which supported President Barack Obama by 56% 2008, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (now a U.S. Senator in Utah) by 51% in 2012 and Trump by 58% in 2016. And the 7th Congressional District is where, according to a December 24 article by the Washington Examiner’s David M. Drucker, Trump supporters are engaged in an intense GOP primary battle for the seat formerly held by Rep. Sean Duffy (who resigned in September and became a CNN pundit).

Duffy and former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — who was voted out of office in 2018 — are supporting Wisconsin State Sen. Tom Tiffany in the primary. But the other Republican candidate, Afghan War veteran Jason Church, is being supported by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

Drucker reports, “Publicly, the factions have downplayed the scuffle, claiming that either Republican would be a good addition to Congress. But privately, both sides want to put their stamp on an important pro-Trump congressional district, installing a critical partner who might prove politically useful down the line.”

There is a 31-year age difference between Tiffany and Church: Tiffany is 61, while Church is 30. Church lost both of his legs fighting in Afghanistan.

Duffy told the Washington Examiner, “I don’t think you’d see Sen. Cotton saying negative things about Tom Tiffany, and you won’t find me saying negative things about Jason Church. I know what I’m getting for certain with Tom Tiffany, and that’s why I’ve endorsed him. He’s a good conservative.”

Trump, Drucker notes, has not made an endorsement in the race. But Trump will no doubt  be spending a lot of time in Wisconsin in the months ahead, as Wisconsin is one of the states that could either make him or break him in 2020.

For many years, Wisconsin had a reputation for being deep blue. But in 2016, Trump became the first GOP candidate to carry Wisconsin in a presidential election since Ronald Reagan defeated former Vice President Walter Mondale there in 1984.

Democrats are determined not to repeat the mistake that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign made in Wisconsin in 2016: neglecting the state. And Wisconsin was a high priority for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2018, when Democrat Tony Evers defeated incumbent Walker and was elected governor.

The primary elections for the congressional seat that Duffy vacated will be held in February 2020, and the general election will be held in May 2020 — when either Tiffany or Church will be going up against the Democratic nominee.

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