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Prominent Republicans move swiftly to shore up Trump in Wisconsin
by David M. Drucker
 | June 07, 2019 12:05 AM

Prominent Republicans are moving swiftly to shore up support for President Trump in Wisconsin, anxious that a state critical to his path to a 2020 Electoral College victory could slip away under the weight of political and organizational challenges.

The Trump campaign continues to search for a state director to spearhead its effort, But an array of senior Wisconsin Republicans such as Sen. Ron Johnson, former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, Rep. Sean Duffy, and operatives connected to former Speaker Paul Ryan are laboring to overhaul the Wisconsin GOP and improve the president’s flagging image with the suburban women and establishment-minded Republicans, crucial 2020 voting blocs. Wisconsin has been a bruising battleground, with Trump barely capturing the state in 2016 and Republican Scott Walker losing by a small margin as he sought a third term as governor last year.

"Most people that you would talk to would say — it would be close again," Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party, said during an interview about 2020 with the Washington Examiner. "I think it’s shaping up that way."

Trump continues to run strong with voters in the exurbs and rural communities, two regions that helped him become the first Republican nominee to win Wisconsin since 1984, and the economy in the state is booming. But the president’s job approval in the state was a weak 42% in a new poll from Morning Consult.

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