Michels and Kleefisch vote as the polls open

NOW: Michels and Kleefisch vote as the polls open

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Polls opened at 7 a.m. across Wisconsin, and within minutes both Tim Michels and Rebecca Kleefisch were at their respective polling places. 

Kleefisch voted in Sullivan and Michels in Hartford and Chenequa Village Hall. 

They're the two top contenders for the republican gubernatorial candidate. 

Michels was endorsed by former president Donald Trump last week at a rally in Waukesha. Michels called the endorsement validation that voters want to see someone like him in office. 

"People understand that we need to have less professional politicians," said Michels. "Less career politicians in government. That's how our founding fathers intended it to be." 

Kleefisch said her experience and time in office as lieutenant governor during the Scott Walker administration is exactly what people want. 

"When I do win, it will be because people want a tested and proven conservative reformer," said Kleefisch. "What we have seen in the last several weeks is people coming home to someone they trust, someone who is dependable and someone they can count on." 

The winner of the primary election will be placed on the ballot alongside Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. 

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