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1747, 05 Jul 22

Kevin Nicholson Drops Out of Race

This was the correct move for his political future and for the benefit of Wisconsin in this race. Classy bow out. I look forward to him continuing to advance conservatism in Wisconsin for years to come.


DELAFIELD, Wis. –– Today, Kevin Nicholson, a Marine Corps combat veteran, political outsider, and a Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor, released the following statement announcing he is suspending his campaign:


“When my family and I started this campaign, we knew it would be an uphill battle. I am not part of the insider political class and am a threat to all they hold dear. 

We have had many highs over the last six months, and I am proud of what we have built. I’ve traveled our state and heard from thousands of Wisconsinites who believe our society is off track, who want an outsider as their governor, and not someone from the Madison Machine. 

I have been encouraged by our supporters, and the old and new friends that my family and I have met on the trail. I love this state and the people in it and truly believe that – though we face great challenges – our best days lay ahead.

Over the past week, I have assessed the state of the primary race and it has become clear to me and my team the only path forward for our campaign is attacking the other candidates in the race on the airwaves and running a very negative campaign. While our team has the capability to do that, that is not something I want to do – nor do I believe that it would be good for the party to do so. This election is too important for our state and our movement.

So today, I am suspending my campaign for Governor. I want to thank all the thousands of people who have donated, volunteered, and supported my campaign. It has been an honor.

I do not plan to make any endorsements in the race before the primary. I will whole heartily support the nominee on August 10th and will work to get Republicans up and down the ballot elected. Our fight is not over, and I will continue to be engaged on the battlefield to elect conservative outsiders in the state of Wisconsin.”

Kevin will join Mark Belling on News/Talk 1130 WISN during the 5 o’clock hour of the show to further discuss his decision.

What happens to the 10% of Republicans who were supporting Nicholson? My guess is that they follow his lead and will come out to vote. My further guess is that they will split relatively evenly between Michels and Kleefisch with a small percentage going to Ramthun. But it’s just a guess.


1747, 05 July 2022


  1. Merlin

    I guess I can quit questioning the depth of Nicholson’s conversion. I didn’t hear his conversation with Belling, but it sure looks like he’s a genuine team player. Refusing to go negative and not endorsing one of the remaining candidates are wise moves. Good on him.

  2. penquin

    Refusing to go negative and not endorsing one of the remaining candidates are wise moves

    That kind of classy move is so unusual now-a-days that it almost makes me wonder what kind of secret dirt the other candidate(s) have on him.

  3. Billiam

    Ah, P. Who among us is pure? We all have things we’d rather others not know in our past. Some may have these things in our present. Either way, there are ALWAYS those willing to use these things in furtherance of their agenda/candidate. With or without said candidates’ knowledge. That is bad enough. As has always been, we tend to judge things by our standards today, conveniently ignoring that they may not have been the standards of previous times. See cancel culture for examples of that today. Then, there are those who will believe ANY bad thing they read or hear about the one they are against. I don’t know much about Nicholson, but I agree it’s classy. Sad that we have to wonder about the rest of your comment. As the Scripture teaches; “There is nothing new under the sun.”

  4. MjM

    Real classy, including the veiled threat of, our team has the capability to do that, .

    Oh, don’t worry. He’ll find some other g’vment race to stick his nose into soon enough. You haven’t heard that last from this fraud.

  5. dad29

    Heard from a friend that Ramthun “is spiking” following Nicholson’s departure.

  6. dad29

    some other g’vment race

    Wouldn’t bother me if he ran for Super of Education, or even for Rep. from Pewaukee/Sussex.

  7. Merlin

    Saw a couple of different Kleefisch TV ads last night. They’re getting more than a bit chippy with the “Gas Tax” Tim Michels name calling stuff, although I didn’t catch whether they were actually campaign ads or PAC-sponsored ads. Not a good look either way.

  8. dad29

    THey are Kleefisch ads and yes, they’re not a good look. Word is the PAC will be running some very soon.

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