PolitiFact Wisconsin: GOP Senate candidate claims

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot Tuesday but he's getting a lot of attention in the GOP U-S Senate primary race.

PolitiFact Wisconsin putting a couple of comments through the Truth O Meter.

Republicans Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson are battling to challenge Democrat Tammy Baldwin for the U.S. Senate seat in November.

But for now, both are trying to win President Trump's endorsement.

"Leah Vukmir says she has always been with Donald Trump," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee  Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Vukmir first backed Governor Walker in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, but when he dropped out she backed Marco Rubio. She eventually voted for Ted Cruz in the Wisconsin primary when Rubio dropped out.

"So after Trump won the presidential nomination in 2016, Vukmir became a big supporter of his," said Kertscher. "But before that she supported other Republicans who were running for president and she was sharply critical of Trump."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Vukmir's claim False.

"Kevin Nicholson says in an ad that Leah Vukmir is not endorsing Donald Trump," said Kertscher.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says there are two key points to clarify. Nicholson also backed Marco Rubio in the presidential primary but says he voted from Donald Trump in April, when Rubio dropped out.

As for his claim about Vukmir: "The problem with that statement is that it's old," said Kertscher, "before Trump won the presidential nomination Vukmir did not support him. But after he won the nomination and since she's been a big supporter of his."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Nicholson's claim False.

Print this article Back to Top