Hovde Won’t Run

It looks like an uphill battle for whichever Republican wins the nomination.

Republican Madison businessman Eric Hovde told “UpFront with Mike Gousha” he will not run for the U.S. Senate.

In an interview to air Sunday, Hovde cited “a number of different factors” both personal and professional, including the pregnancy of his eldest daughter, the serious illness of another family member, and the impact on his businesses.

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Hovde held out the possibility that he could run again for Senate at some point in the future.

Hovde said he decided against running before Tuesday’s election for Wisconsin Supreme Court, in which Judge Rebecca Dallet defeated Judge Michael Screnock by a double digit margin.

He said he would hold off on endorsing at this time. Former Marine and business consultant Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir, of Brookfield, are seeking the GOP nomination to face Baldwin, D-Madison.