As expected, state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) easily defeated Clifford DeTemple in the Republican primary in Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District.
“I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support that we’ve received in the months since launching my bid for congress, and we’re overwhelmed by today’s decisive victory,” said Fitzgerald in a statement on Tuesday. “The steadfast support we’ve received from the grassroots leaders of Wisconsin’s Fifth and conservatives from all over Wisconsin has been instrumental to my campaign so far. We’re looking forward to carrying this positive momentum into victory in November, and helping to win Wisconsin for President Trump.”
Fitzgerald faces Democratic candidate Tom Palzewicz in November, but the election is largely a formality as the 5th Congressional District is a solid Republican district. The state senator will succeed Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) who was first elected to Congress in 1978.
In 2016, Fitzgerald was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president who urged Republicans to get on “the Trump train.” On Tuesday, Fitzgerald made it clear he would be a Trump loyalist in Congress.
“The events of recent months have further cemented the idea that we need experienced, proven conservative leaders in Congress to stand with our Commander in Chief and protect our democracy,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m excited to bring my years of experience championing conservative reforms to our nation’s capital, where I’ll fight alongside President Trump to clean up the dysfunction, get people back to work, and keep Wisconsin families safe.”