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Democrats speak out before Wisconsin GOP Convention

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Democrats say they're coming for Republicans in the November election.

"Republicans have been running Wisconsin to benefit themselves and their donors," Democratic Party Chair Martha Laning said. 

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch says Saturday's convention is important after republicans have lost recent state races.

"What I want to see tomorrow is our activists getting really excited, and really galvanizing, not just for our race, but also to support our nominee," Kleefisch said.

The GOP could endorse their candidate to run against incumbent Tammy Baldwin for U.S. senate this weekend. Gov. Scott Walker says it's a close race between Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson.

"I think it's going to be incredibly competitive, not just in the primary, but the fact that Senator Baldwin's approval ratings are about 10 points lower than mine, suggest that even in a time when there's a supposed blue wave out there. She's still not very well known and not very well liked."

Democrats say one of their biggest objectives is keeping Baldwin in office.

"She cares about Wisconsinites and she's working for us," Laning said. "And we know that the Republicans see her as a tremendous threat."

Either Vukmir or Nicholson will need 60 percent of voting republican delegates to gain the party's official endorsement.

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