Logan Wroge and Kelly Meyerhofer, Wisconsin State Journal
President Donald Trump praised Republican Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir during a campaign stop in Wisconsin on Wednesday as he travels across the country to support GOP candidates amid Democratic enthusiasm leading up to the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
Less than two weeks before voters go to the ballot box, Trump took to the stage in the central Wisconsin city of Mosinee to express his support for the two-term governor being challenged by Democrat Tony Evers, and Vukmir, a state senator from Brookfield hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.
“Between Scott and Leah, who’s in favor of those two great people?” Trump asked as the crowd of thousands cheered. “If you vote Republican this November, we will continue to cut your taxes, cut your regulations and raise your income.”
At Wednesday’s rally, Vukmir said Trump was following through on his promises, including an overhaul on the federal tax code and renegotiating trade deals that would benefit state residents.
Alex Rasch, 26, drove 2½ hours from Lake Geneva to attend his first Trump rally. He said he was pleased Trump came to Wisconsin to support Vukmir as he promised he would when Vukmir secured the Republican primary nomination.
“I’m all for Leah and have been since Day 1,” he said. “Baldwin doesn’t accurately represent Wisconsin.”
Vukmir, who initially supported two other Republican candidates in the presidential nomination process before getting behind Trump, also referenced a radio ad she cut with other prominent Republican female elected officials in support of Trump soon before the 2016 election.
“She will always vote for your Wisconsin values. She’s a very special person, I’ve gotten to know her. I don’t know if she liked me at the beginning, but she likes me now,” Trump said. “If you want strong borders and safe communities, you need to vote for Leah.”
Polls have consistently showed Vukmir trailing Baldwin, who is looking for a second six-year term in the Senate.
“I like looking at polls only when we’re winning,” Trump joked, going on to claim that Vukmir was “doing very well” in recent polls….