Republicans fail to get top recruit for Wisconsin Senate

2023-06-09 15:29:31  • 3 mins

A top potential recruit in Wisconsins Senate race declined to run despite a concerted campaign from national Republicans to lure him into the race.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) announced Friday morning he would not launch a bid against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and would instead remain in the House, where he leads the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. His decision is a blow to top Senate GOP strategists who saw him as their best shot to block Baldwin from a third term.

I have a rare, bipartisan opportunity in the 118th Congress to help restore American strength, prevent war in the Pacific, and defend our basic freedoms from communist aggression, Gallager said in a statement. Accomplishing this mission and serving Wisconsins 8th District deserve my undivided attention.

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