State Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald considering U.S. Senate bid

Would challenge Tammy Baldwin in 2018
Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 12:56:04-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he's still thinking about challenging Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year.

Fitzgerald is among a number of Republicans considering a run. Other potential candidates include state Sen. Leah Vukmir, businessman Eric Hovde and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.

Fitzgerald said last month that Republicans must avoid a crowded primary field. He added that he would defer to U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, who was also considering a run. Duffy announced days later that he wouldn't enter the race.

Fitzgerald told reporters on Friday he's still pondering running. He said he doesn't have a timeline for making a decision but Vukmir has an "awesome" profile and would make an "awesome" senator.

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