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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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State GOP names national convention delegates

Gov. Scott Walker, first lady Tonette Walker, Lt. Guv. Rebecca Kleefisch and AG Brad Schimel are among the 18 at-large Wisconsin delegates who will be pledged to Ted Cruz at the national convention.


Others on the list include state Chair Brad Courtney, RNC members Steve King and Mary Buestrin, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, of Rochester, state Sen. Duey Stroebel, of Saukville, state Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, and former Gov. Tommy Thompson.


Walker campaigned for Cruz in the days leading up to the Wisconsin primary, while Vos was one of several lawmakers who flipped from Marco Rubio to Cruz. Thompson chaired John Kasich’s campaign in Wisconsin.


Cruz won the 18 delegates after finishing first in the statewide results of Wisconsin’s April 5 primary. He won another 18 delegates for winning six of Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts. Donald Trump won the other two, and those delegates were selected at congressional district party events earlier this month.


The Wisconsin GOP Executive Committee met over the weekend to select the 18 at-large delegates and 18 alternates. Under the constitution, the party consults with the candidate who won the at-large delegates -- in this election, Cruz -- in selecting the people who fill those roles as well as the alternate. The constitution also states delegates are bound to their candidates unless they release them or receive less than one-third of the vote during any round on the convention floor.


The at-large alternates include: Sen. Alberta Darling, of River Hills; Sen. Mary Lazich, of New Berlin; Rep. John Nygren, of Marinette; Rep. Jim Steineke, of Kaukauna; Rep. Tyler August, of Lake Geneva; former Gov. Scott McCallum; and former U.S. Rep. Mark Green.


Three of the guv’s current or past aides also were named alternates: Keith Gilkes and Stephan Thompson, who head Walker’s state campaign; and Jim Villa, who was Walker’s chief of staff while he was Milwaukee County exec and is now vice president for university relations for UW System.


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