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Republican Kleefisch raises $3.6M in 6 months

She is the top candidate for the Republican gubernatorial primary, along with Tim Michels

Rebecca Kleefisch speaks into a microphone on stage.
Rebecca Kleefisch speaks during a debate during her run for governor Monday, June 27, 2022, at Providence Academy in Green Bay, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch said Thursday her campaign has raised more than $3.6 million over the first six months of the year.

She is vying with Tim Michels to be the leading Republican candidate. Michels has spent millions on television ads that almost immediately put him in a tight race for the nomination.

Kleefish served as the state’s lieutenant governor under former Gov. Scott Walker and worked as a television news reporter before getting into politics. Michels is endorsed by Donald Trump and co-owns the state’s largest construction company, Michels Corp.

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Michels has not yet filed his fundraising report that is due Friday. A third candidate, state Rep. Tim Ramthun, has also not filed.

The winner of the Aug. 9 primary will advance to face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.