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Tim Michels outlines his vision as governor during primary victory speech

The Army veteran and businessman says the economy and jobs are his 'number one priority'
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Posted at 11:23 AM, Aug 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-10 12:23:26-04

WAUKESHA, Wis. (NBC 26) — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has a new challenger for November's election.

Tim Michels, the Army veteran and businessman — who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump — defeated former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch during Tuesday's primary election.

It was the scene of a happy Michels as he delivered his victory speech in front of dozens of thrilled supporters Tuesday night, who were cheering and chanting for Michels throughout.

"This race has been about getting proper executive leadership in the governor's mansion, and a great governor who serves the people of Wisconsin!," Michels said.

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Tim Michels delivers his victory speech after defeating former Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in the gubernatorial primary Tuesday night.

Almost right away, Michels thanked the other candidates he went up against, including Kleefisch, calling her a tremendous candidate.

The former lieutenant governor conceded to Michels earlier in the night.

"I urge you all to stay in the fight, because the fight now is truly against Tony Evers and the liberals who want to take away our way of life," Kleefisch said.

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The race is called for Tim Michels during the gubernatorial primary election.

In his speech, Michels — who co-owns construction company Michels Corporation — shared his vision if he was elected governor.

"Jobs and the economy are going to be my number one priority," Michels said.

Michels also said he will work with top Milwaukee leaders, including Mayor Cavalier Johnson, to reduce crime and improve education.

"That's what a governor should do," Michels said.

Michels took a shot at Governor Evers, calling him a weak leader, before telling his supporters that help is on the way.

"We are going to make this state the greatest that it possibly can be," Michels said.

Evers tweeted a statement with reaction to Michels' victory, saying, "Folks, the Republican Party has nominated Tim Michels, the most divisive and extreme candidate as the gubernatorial nominee. From voting rights to abortion access and reproductive healthcare, there is so much at stake this November."