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Sensenbrenner: Wisconsin GOP Has A Voter Turnout Problem

Veteran Congressman Tells RNC Delegation He's Worried About Polls

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The dean of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation told Republicans gathered in Cleveland on Wednesday that the state GOP faces a turnout problem this year.

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner told the state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention that he reads a lot of polls. And he was particularly troubled with Marquette University surveys showing a big dropoff in likely Republican voters after Donald Trump effectively won the GOP nomination.

“Now, if 22 percent of the Republicans in Wisconsin do not vote, we aren’t going to win,” he said. “Simple as that.”

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Sensenbrenner said Republicans need to reach out to GOP voters who are considering sitting on the sideline.

“Because an angry Republican who stays home is casting a vote for Russ Feingold. Simple as that,” he said. “And we have to tell those people that that’s the consequences of them being angry.”

Sensenbrenner said it would also effectively give Democratic presidential canddiate Hillary Clinton the chance to pick justices for the U.S. Supreme Court.