WISCONSIN — Republican businessman Eric Hovde says he will not run for governor this year, but he is considering a second run for U.S. Senate in 2024.
Hovde’s decision not to get into the race leaves former Gov. Tommy Thompson and businessman Tim Michels as the two highest-profile potential Republican candidates still considering it.
Candidates could start circulating nominating papers on Friday to get on the ballot and they have until June 1 to obtain the 2,000 signatures necessary.
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, businessman Kevin Nicholson and state Rep. Tim Ramthun are all running.
The winner of the Aug. 9 primary will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in November.