- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Wisconsin U.S. Senate race (all times local):

1:54 p.m.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir says former presidential strategist Steve Bannon did not ask her during a meeting if she would support removing Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader.

And Vukmir would not say Tuesday whether she would support ousting McConnell, even though she believes “in some regards” he is blocking President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Vukmir spoke to The Associated Press after a Bannon-backed political action committee said it was endorsing her opponent Kevin Nicholson in the Senate race. A key goal of Bannon’s is to see McConnell dumped as Senate GOP leader,

Nicholson’s spokesman signaled that Nicholson would support removing McConnell as leader.

Vukmir says she will support whoever can help get Trump’s agenda enacted.


11:39 a.m.

Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson is praising the endorsement of a political action committee affiliated with former presidential strategist Steve Bannon.

The Great America PAC announced Monday it was backing Nicholson, a former Democrat, in his Republican primary race against state Sen. Leah Vukmir.

Nicholson said on Twitter Tuesday that he is “humbled by this huge endorsement.”

Bannon has said he is “declaring war on the Republican establishment” and that he intends to lead a “populist nationalist conservative revolt.”

The PAC is one of three backing Nicholson that are funded by Richard Uihlein, founder of the shipping and packing materials company Uline Corp. and a Republican mega-donor.

Vukmir declined to comment Tuesday on the endorsement. She has been a close ally to Gov. Scott Walker.

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