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Suddenly Starless Wisconsin GOP Plots Rebuild For 2020

Republicans To Talk Future At State Convention

Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, 2016
In this April 13, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, arrives with former GOP presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, for a closed-door meeting of House Republicans, on Capitol Hill in Washington. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Republicans determined to deliver Wisconsin for President Donald Trump next year will emphasize at their state convention that they must do a better job engaging with grassroots voters if they hope to rebound from a devastating 2018.

Discussion of what went wrong and how to make changes, while also firing up activists ahead of the 2020 presidential race, will be the focus of the meeting.

The theme is “A New Day. A New Party.” The convention starts Friday.

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The defeats of Gov. Scott Walker and every other statewide Republican candidate last year, combined with former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to retire after 20 years in Congress, leaves a fundamentally changed Wisconsin Republican Party.

Wisconsin is expected to be a key battleground state in the presidential race.