Republican U.S. Senate nominee Leah Vukmir says she is optimistic she will win the votes of Trump supporters, even though TV ads in the primary blasted her for her 2016 comments that Trump was “offensive.”

Vukmir said she supported Donald Trump after he became the Republican nominee in 2016, and has supported his policies since he was elected president.

“I supported him, when many people were not, during the darkest hour of his campaign with the ‘Women for Trump’ radio ad,” Vukmir said Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with

She said she spoke to Trump after her primary victory last week, and he tweeted his endorsement of her.

“I’m excited to be that reinforcement that is sorely needed in the U.S. Senate to help him get his agenda done,” she said.

Gousha asked her if she is the underdog in her bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Vukmir said going up against an incumbent makes her an underdog.

“I’m used to it. I’m a fighter and I’m ready for it,” she said.

Gousha also asked if she thought Illinois billionaire Richard Uihlein, who spent nearly $11 million in support of Vukmir’s primary opponent Kevin Nicholson, would support and contribute to her campaign.

“That is ultimately what we want,” she said.

Also on the program, Democratic campaign consultant Joe Zepecki discussed the race for governor, now that Tony Evers has won the nomination; and Kyle Kondik of Sabato’s Crystal Ball explained why he has changed his rating on the Wisconsin governor’s race from “lean Republican” to “toss-up.”

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