Rep. Dana Wachs drops out of race, endorses candidate Tony Evers

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire Rep. Dana Wachs is speaking out after dropping out of the race for governor.

The former Democratic candidate made the announcement in a press release Friday morning.

“It was the most difficult decision of my life to end this campaign,” said Wachs.

It comes after a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday showed Wachs drawing two-percent of support from likely voters for August’s primary.

The decision also comes on the heels of Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik deciding to leave the race on Thursday.

Wachs chose to drop out of the race despite the fact he says his internal poll numbers showed he still had a chance.

He explained, “We clearly had a path to win in this fall’s election but it would risk potentially having negative debates start and I don't want to do that I want to see a unified Democratic party. We need to be unified this year.”

The Republican Party of Wisconsin responding to both Wachs and Gronik's decision to leave the race by saying quote:

"No matter who drops out or stays in Democrat candidates for governor remain locked in a dangerous race to the left.."

Gronik has stated he’s now endorsing fellow Democrat Kelda Roys for governor. As for Wachs, Political Analyst John Frank says endorsing Evers could be beneficial.

Frank explained, “Obviously the next thing that's possible for him in terms of politics would be to work hard to get Tony Evers elected and to possibly get a cabinet position with him within the administration, that's always a possibility.”

However Wachs says while he enjoyed his time running for governor he's headed back to the courtroom, at least for now.

“I love the courtroom and I love representing people there and that's where I'm headed,” added Wachs.

There are now eight Democrats still battling it out for governor. Among those are state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who also represents Eau Claire, and former chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Matt Flynn.

However Frank says it is likely we'll see several Democratic candidates drop-out in the coming weeks.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Rep. Dana Wachs has announced he is dropping out of the race for governor.

The announcement came in a press release on Friday morning.

Wachs says, “This decision was one of the most difficult ones I’ve made in my life. To say that I am grateful for the support of my wife, Beverly Wickstrom, my children, and my campaign team is an understatement. Their support inspired me and challenged me over the last year of this campaign.”

Wachs also announced that he is endorsing fellow Democratic Candidate Tony Evers.

The decision to suspend his campaign comes two days after the latest Marquette Law School poll found him drawing 2 percent of support from likely voters in August’s primary election. Evers is seen as the front-runner with 25 percent.

Thursday, Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik dropped out of the race.

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