As had been expected, businessman Kevin Nicholson (R) announced his candidacy for US Senate earlier in the week. Mr. Nicholson has strong financial donor ties as evidenced by a Super PAC already organized to promote his candidacy. More than $3.5 million has been raised for the entity, largely from one mega-donor.
Mr. Nicholson becomes the first credible candidate to enter the Wisconsin Senate race. Venture capitalist and former US Senate candidate Eric Hovde and state Senate President Scott Fitzgerald remain as potential Republican candidates. Sen. Baldwin was first elected to the Senate in 2012 after serving seven terms in the House. She defeated former four-term Gov. Tommy Thompson (R), 51-46%, to win the Senate seat five years ago.
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