Wisconsin Republicans withhold endorsement of governor candidates

MIDDLETON – Wisconsin Republicans refused to endorse any of the four candidates for governor at their annual state convention for the first time — a symbolic rejection of the political apparatus that has been blamed by its own members for failing to deliver statewide victories in recent years.

Forty-five percent of votes cast by about 1,500 delegates who gathered in Middleton Saturday for the Republican Party of Wisconsin annual convention voted to abandon the long-established election-year exercise used to signal to voters which candidates are competitive.

The delegates thing between endorsing former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch for governor and not endorsing anyone. Ultimately, no one prevailed — even after former Republican Gov. Scott Walker made an appeal in support of Kleefisch, reminding them he was launched into a string of victories by an endorsement by the party.

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