Vukmir wins U.S. Senate primary race

Leah Vukmir
Leah Vukmir (Photo courtesy Vukmir campaign)

(WLUK) – State Sen. Leah Vukmir is declared the winner in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary race.

She will go on to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November.

Vukmir represents the state Senate's fifth district in southeastern Wisconsin. Her website touts her being a nurse, military mom, and conservative with a proven record of reform.

She is hosted a gathering with her supporters in Pewaukee Tuesday.

"To God be the glory," State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield and U.S. Senate Candidate. "When I started on this path a little over a year ago, a year and a half ago, and my car now has over 80,000 miles on it. Touring this state, talking to voters in every single corner of this state, it's truly been an amazing experience. I never would've imagined that I would be standing here before you now as your candidate for United States Senate."

Sen. Ron Johnson said he decided to remain neutral throughout the campaign and congratulated Vukmir on her win.

"Leah is still a practicing nurse as well as a woman of great courage who stood by Scott Walker and Leah we know has a history for caring for her family, for caring for my daughter, for caring for her family, for caring deeply for the state of Wisconsin and caring every bit as deeply for the United States of America."

Vukmir said she's the underdog and added she's no stranger to tough campaigns. She also mentioned democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

"Tammy Baldwin has forgotten about the people of this great state and come November, this nurse, this mom with a cause is going to send Tammy Baldwin back to the private sector she doesn't even know exists," Vukmir said.

Baldwin tweeted later in the night.

The night ended with the crowd cheering "send the nurse" and Vukmir thanked her supporters on least time.

Vukmir beat out Kevin Nicholson, a businessman from Delafield.

Nicholson said, "The bottom line is, we all need to unite behind Leah Vukmir because it’s important to beat Tammy Baldwin. And I don’t say that for personal reasons, I say that because Tammy Baldwin’s policies don’t work."


The Associated Press contributed to this report.