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UPDATE: Andy Gronik endorses Kelda Roys after withdrawing from Wisconsin gubernatorial race

Updated: 1:22 p.m. June 22, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A day after pulling out of the race for Wisconsin's governor, Andy Gronik has endorsed Kelda Roys. 

In a statement Gronik said, “Now is the time to pick the candidate that will beat Scott Walker in November! I thought I was that candidate, but it wasn’t in the cards. So, I took a day to say ‘thank you’ to some of the thousands of people who supported me. But now it’s time move on and get to electing the next governor of Wisconsin – Kelda Roys.”

Gronik goes on to say that even though he respects all of the candidates, he believes Roys can beat Scott Walker. He also encouraged donors to get in the race and start backing someone saying that waiting for a clear frontrunner will be too late.

On Friday, candidate Dana Wachs also backed out of the race throwing support towards frontrunner Tony Evers.

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Posted: 10:33 a.m. June 21, 2018

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Andy Gronik, one of the ten Democratic candidates for Governor, has withdrawn from the race. The Milwaukee entrepreneur said in a statement that he is stepping aside to help focus resources and momentum on a candidate that can beat Scott Walker.

A Marquette University Law Poll showed Gronik in the middle of the pack with four percent compared to Tony Evers who led with 25 percent. 

“The response to my candidacy has been incredible, and we’ve been picking up momentum and supporters every day, but just not fast enough,” Gronik said.

Gronik said that he will endorse a candidate soon and thanked his supporters.

The statement continued, “It’s time for me to step down and give someone a legitimate chance to win in November. There are lots of people sitting on the bench, confused by the large field of candidates and waiting to see what happens in the primary. I don’t think that’s a winning strategy! This is a time for decisive action, so I am strongly encouraging people to coalesce around the Democratic candidate they believe will beat Scott Walker. Let’s not forget that’s the objective. I will be endorsing a candidate soon and will work hard to see the winner of the primary victorious in November.”


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