2018 Wisconsin State GOP Convention

Wisconsin Republicans gathered earlier this month for the annual Wisconsin state GOP convention. About 900 attendees met in Milwaukee to hear from the state’s Republican leaders.

The convention looked ahead to the November elections. Speakers addressed the threat of a “blue wave” but remained enthusiastic about Republican chances maintain control of the state legislature and for Gov. Scott Walker to be re-elected in 2018.

The convention was chaired by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Speakers included keynote speaker Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Wisconsin GOP Chairman Brad Courtney, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), Attorney General Brad Schimel, Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, and U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, Sean Duffy, and Mike Gallagher.

U.S. Senate candidates state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) and Kevin Nicholson also addressed the convention attendees. Vukmir earned the state GOP endorsement with nearly 73 percent of the vote at the convention. The winner of the August primary will face incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the November general.

Wisconsin Democrats will hold their convention June 1-2 in Oshkosh.