Gun by her side, GOP US Senate candidate talks of threats

This frame grab from a video provided by the Leah for Senate campaign, shows Leah Vukmir, a Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate, sitting at a kitchen table with a handgun next to her as she talks about death threats she received. Vukmir’s ad Monday, June 18, 2018, is the first from a Republican candidate in the primary. She’s running against Delafield management consultant Kevin Nicholson. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Leah for Senate campaign via AP), The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With a holstered handgun next to her on a kitchen table, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir promises in her first television ad of the campaign released Monday to stand with President Donald Trump just as she did against death threats in Wisconsin. Vukmir, a state senator, faces management consultant and political newcomer Kevin Nicholson in the Republican primary on Aug. 14. Nicholson is running as the outsider in the race and brands Vukmir as a career politician. She has tried to play up her conservative voting record and support for Trump even though she did not initially endorse him. The winner will take on Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November in a race that has attracted more spending by outside groups than any other in the country, based on a tally by the Center for Responsive Politics. Vukmir and other Republican legislators were the target of massive protests in 2011 for backing GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s signature law that effectively ended collective […]

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