Republican activists attending this weekend’s Wisconsin Republican Party convention prefer to see state Sen. Leah Vukmir as the party’s nominee next year to take on Dem U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, according to a straw poll.

They also strongly approve of President Trump’s job performance.

Just more than 47 percent of the 296 delegates, alternates and registered guests at this weekend’s convention who voted in the straw poll backed Vukmir, R-Brookfield. Nearly 14 percent preferred state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, while another 12 percent indicated their support for businessman Eric Hovde, who ran unsuccessfully for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in 2012.

They also uniformly back Trump with nearly 56 percent strongly approving the president’s job performance, while another 35 percent approve.

State GOP officials said roughly 800 delegates, alternates and guests had registered at the convention as of Saturday afternoon.

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