Trump-backed Tim Michels wins GOP nomination to face Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers

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Tim Michels won the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s governor as he vies to unseat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in November.

The construction executive’s victory marks the end of a tight and contentious primary cycle, setting the stage for what is expected to be one of the toughest midterm elections this year, with implications for how the 2024 presidential election will be carried out in the crucial swing state. The Republican-controlled legislature has repeatedly tried to pass tighter election laws over the last few years that have been blocked by Evers — prompting several GOP candidates to throw their hats in the ring to oust him in November.

The stakes are seen as particularly high because of Wisconsin’s status as a battleground state and one that helped secure President Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.

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