MILWAUKEE — The Latest on Republican U.S. Senate endorsement (all times local):
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir has won the state party's endorsement giving her candidacy a boost against challenger Kevin Nicholson.
Vukmir won 73 percent of the vote Saturday at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention. Nicholson got 27 percent.
It took 60 percent to capture the endorsement.
The win means Vukmir can tap into the state party's resources, including donor lists, campaign staff and other infrastructure.
Vukmir cast herself as a proven conservative fighter who has stood by Gov. Scott Walker and championed his conservative agenda.
Nicholson highlighted his experience as a Marine and cast himself as an outsider who would fight the political establishment in Washington.
The win doesn't make Vukmir the nominee. That will be decided in the Aug. 14 primary.
The primary winner will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is a top target for Republicans.
Republican U.S. Senate candidates in Wisconsin are trying to convince party faithful to give them their endorsement.
The vote Saturday at the Wisconsin GOP convention will give the winner a boost and also open the door to state party resources, such as donor lists, campaign staff and other infrastructure.
But it doesn't make the winner the nominee. That will be decided in the Aug. 14 primary.
The winner will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is a top target for Republicans.
State Sen. Leah Vukmir has centered her campaign on winning the endorsement from GOP activists she's known and worked with for years.
Her opponent Kevin Nicholson is taking a different approach. Nicholson is running as an outsider and has all-but conceded that Vukmir will get the party's backing.