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The latest: Tight race for Republicans in U.S. Senate

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- A race to keep an eye on tonight is that for the Republican Senate nomination. Five candidates are on the ballot but the two front runners are State Senator Leah Vukmir and Former Marine Kevin Nicholson. Polls show a close race shaping up between them tonight.

Kevin Nicholson is a former Marine whose slogan is "Send in the Marine." He's also a Trump Republican, aligning himself with the president. He's also accused his opponent of not being Trump enough. However, he's a former Democrat, he spoke at the 2000 National Convention. Today, however, he considers himself a Conservative outsider who is running against an establishment Republican.


State Senator Leah Vukmir cast her ballot Tuesday morning right as polls opened. She says she feels great about the primary race. She also says she made it to 30 counties in the last week.

Vukmir dubbed herself the proven Conservative in this race. She's a longtime Republican, first elected to the State Assembly in 2002 and then the State Senate in 2010.

Vukmir did win the support of the State GOP at its convention in May. She is also endorsed by Speaker Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner.

This has been the most expensive race in the country with more than $37 million spent so far.

This race really is neck-and-neck. The last Marquette Law School Poll showed Vukmir with a slim lead.

Stay with CBS 58 News for election results as they come in this evening.


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