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Super PAC backed by Bannon endorses Wisconsin Senate candidate

A super PAC supported by chair of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon endorsed Kevin Nicholson Tuesday for Wisconsin U.S. Senate.

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A super PAC that supports former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon endorsed a GOP candidate for Wisconsin Senate Tuesday, in what is expected to be one of the most expensive races of the 2018 midterm election.

Kevin Nicholson, an Iraq and Afghanistan marine veteran and businessman is running against U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., in the upcoming 2018 election. State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, is also in the race.

Both Nicholson and Vukmir share Trump’s “America First” agenda, which supports “creating a more peaceful and prosperous world by strengthening American interests and national security.”

Nicholson and Vukmir met with Bannon before the Great America Pac’s endorsement was announced. Bannon is pushing boundaries by supporting Nicholson in order to challenge current GOP senators to be more active in supporting Trump’s America First agenda, according to news outlet McClatchy DC Bureau.

“I am humbled by this huge endorsement,” Nicholson tweeted Tuesday.

Baldwin’s campaign expressed concern over the endorsement Tuesday by launching a “Stop Steve Bannon” fund.

“[Nicholson is] celebrating being endorsed by right wing extremists,” Baldwin’s campaign said in a press release. “We think that’s crazy, but also a little scary.”

“Bannon is viewed as the mastermind behind Trump’s successful campaign, and Wisconsin was the lynchpin to his strategy,” the release continued.

Nicholson is touting himself as a political outsider who hasn’t held a government position, running on the slogan “Marine. Outsider. Conservative.” He is also calling Vukmir, who has 15 years of lawmaking experience and is currently a state Senator, a “career politician.”

"The conservative grassroots — and Americans across the board — strongly believe that career politicians aren't getting the job done and that we need new leaders and fresh ideas in Washington." said Nicholson’s campaign spokesman Michael Antonopoulos. “Kevin could not agree more.”

Nicholson was previously the head of the College Democrats of America in 2000 before enlisting in the U.S. Marines and then becoming a Republican in 2008. After graduating from Harvard and Dartmouth, Nicholson worked as a consulting business advisor to struggling companies in order to promote their economic growth.

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