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Kevin Nicholson drops out of Wisconsin GOP governor race

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Republican Kevin Nicholson, a business consultant whose campaign for governor in battleground Wisconsin failed to catch on with conservative voters, is dropping out of the race five weeks before the Aug. 9 primary.

Nicholson announced the decision in a statement Tuesday.

He decided to run for governor after Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson decided to seek a third term.

Nicholson has consistently trailed in the polls behind former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and construction business co-owner Tim Michels.

The Republican primary winner will advance to face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a race that’s a national priority for both parties.

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