On the heels of the Marquette Law School Poll showing him leading his primary opponent, Delafield business consultant and Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson said he’s winning in the race for Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
The Marquette poll, released last week, showed Nicholson leading state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, by 5 points, with 30 percent undecided.
“We’re winning the primary,” Nicholson said Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
“There’s been nine surveys released in this primary, and we’ve been winning in eight of them, and we feel good about that,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson is traveling the state meeting with Republican grassroots activists. But he said his focus remains directly on the Democratic incumbent, Democrat Tammy Baldwin.
Nicholson said Baldwin should be worried about the results of the Marquette poll, which showed her with a 41 percent to 43 percent favorable-unfavorable rating. It also found Baldwin, D-Madison, leading Nicholson 50-39.
“Here is what I would be worried about if I were Tammy Baldwin. She has spent millions of dollars on TV to try to reintroduce herself to the people of his Wisconsin, and still her favorability-unfavorability is upside down, and her message is not taking,” Nicholson said.
“I’m not going to make this personal about Tammy Baldwin. But her vision for the future of the country doesn’t fit this state, and that’s why we’re going to beat her in November,” he said.
Nicholson talked about how he would deal with the crisis of immigrant families at the southern border.
Nicholson said he supports the legislation offered by Sen. Ted Cruz , R-Texas, to double the number of immigration judges to speed up trials and look at asylum requests.
“I do not believe that families should be separated during this time,” Nicholson said.
He said the ultimate goal has to be to stop illegal immigration, and then put forward a merit-based, economically sustainable immigration plan.
He said Baldwin has encouraged illegal immigration “every step of her political career” to “try and get people to put their kids in precarious situations so they can use them as political props.”
Also on the program, Foxconn executive Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn CEO Terry Gau, said he was “totally surprised” at the negative reaction of some elected officials to the company’s deal with the state to build a huge electronics campus in Racine County.
“Because I thought we were doing the good things. And I thought that creating 13,000 jobs, investing $10 billion to try to transform the traditional economic structure of the state of Wisconsin, I would imagine that should be welcomed by everybody,” Woo said.
Democratic candidates for governor have said the nearly $4 billion deal of state and local incentives is too much money, and they would look to renegotiate it or hold Foxconn accountable for its promises. One has even said he would sue to stop the deal. Gousha asked Woo what Foxconn would do if a Democrat is elected governor in November.
“I would still continue to focus on what we can do and believe we can do best,” Woo said. “We will continue on with the project.”
Woo said Foxconn is “co-investing” with Wisconsin to create more than a factory. He said they are trying to create a “magnet” to draw the “next generation of talents” to Wisconsin from the east and west coasts and other parts of the Midwest.
“We see that as opportunity,” he said.
Foxconn and local and state officials will hold the ceremonial groundbreaking at the factory site in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, and President Trump is expected to attend.
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