MADISON, Wis. — The Republican gubernatorial primary is now officially caught in the crossfire between Donald Trump and Mike Pence. With Mike Pence’s endorsement of Rebecca Kleefisch today, the primary is getting even messier.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler released the following statement:

“One day after Donald Trump announced he’s coming to Wisconsin to campaign for Tim Michels, Rebecca Kleefisch unveiled an endorsement from Mike Pence in the latest installment of the proxy wars between the disgraced former president and vice president. Donald Trump and Mike Pence do not care about Wisconsinites — they’re using this primary as a platform for their nationwide feud and completely fracturing the Wisconsin Republican Party in the process. Tim Michels and Rebecca Kleefisch are now in a sprint to prove they are the most radical candidate in this race, and whichever candidate emerges from this fight will be too divisive for Wisconsin.”

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