Associated Builders & Contractors – Wisconsin (ABC-WI) pointed out earlier this week they went four-for-four in the August primary with their endorsements, including state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) in the GOP Senate primary against Kevin Nicholson.
“ABC of Wisconsin and its members were pleasantly surprised when all four of its primary preferences prevailed and will be on the ballot in November,” John Schulze, the director of legal and government affairs for ABC-WI, wrote on Tuesday.
In addition to Vukmir, state Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) won the GOP primary in the 1st Senate District, the second time this year he has won the GOP primary in that district with ABC-WI’s support. Jacque will face Sen. Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay), the winner of the special election against Jacque in June. With a larger electorate this fall, the Republican Party is hoping to recapture that seat.
Also winning with the support of ABC-WI, Rep. John Spiros (R – Marshfield) fended off a challenge from Mosinee mayor and trial attorney Brent Jacobson in the GOP primary in the 86th Assembly District and Bryan Steil easily won the GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District. Steil now faces Democrat Randy Bryce in the race to succeed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI1).
When asked about the successes of ABC-WI in the primary, Schulze attributed it to being on the right side of the issues with voters.
“Victory has a thousand fathers, and all four of these candidates ran excellent races that deserved victory,” Schulze said in an email on Friday. “However, this is more evidence that being a leader on pro-merit and free enterprise construction solutions like prevailing wage repeal, open competition for public projects, and addressing the skills gap are winning issues.”