WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) With less than a week until the primary election in Wisconsin, voters will have to choose one of two Republicans vying for a spot on the November ballot.
State Sen. Leah Vukmir and Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson both hope to represent Wisconsin in the Senate. While the two have similar conservative platforms, they have different philosophies on how they believe things should be done in Washington.
One is a current politician with what she says is a clear, proven track record; while the other is an outsider who says that's what Washington needs.
"I am a Marine Corps veteran, I am a husband, I'm a father, I'm currently in the private sector, and I'm running for the Senate for the same reason that I joined the Marine Corps in the middle of two wars. Our problems are enormous," said Republican U.S. Sen. Candidate Kevin Nicholson.
"I'm a state senator currently, but I like to describe myself as a 'mom with a cause.' I'm a nurse and a military mom, someone who'd never thought I was going to get into politics. I say I got into politics out of circumstance, not ambition," said Republican U.S. Sen. Candidate Leah Vukmir.
Vukmir and Nicholson will appear on Tuesday's ballot, both hoping to win a seat in Washington as a Wisconsin senator.
"We're bringing our message that it's actually going to take an outsider to win in November, but more important an outsider to go to Washington do things different," said Nicholson.
"I have a proven, consistent track record, that everybody can see. I haven't just talked about being conservative, I can actually show you," said Vukmir.
The Republican that wins will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the general election.
"I've stood for conservative principles here, I've helped make our state the economic miracle that it is today, and I want to be able to join our colleagues in Washington and help President Donald Trump continue this amazing recovery that our country is currently undergoing," said Vukmir.
"It's a classic outsider, insider race. I'm a Marine Corps veteran, I'm in the private sector right now I'm working in business everyday. Much like President Trump and how he checks through a list of things he needs to get done, cause he's from the private sector, that's my life too," said Nicholson.
While both senate candidates represent conservative ideals, they do distinguish how they will work for Wisconsin in Washington.
"We here in Wisconsin listen to what the people ask us to do, we follow through on the promises and then we actually get things done. That's what I've done here in Wisconsin, and that's what I will do for people in Washington," said Vukmir.
"If you look at Washington, and you think that it's running just fine, you should vote for my primary opponent. If you look at Washington and realize it's a tangled mess and we need to send people from outside to fix it, I'm your candidate," said Nicholson.
Vukmir says she will stand for what she believes in, and will fight for the people of Wisconsin.
"I've also stood up against my own party's leadership. I know what it's like to be in that pressure cooker, and I don't buckle. I'm kind of a scrappy fighter, and that's what I want to do. Fight for the people of Wisconsin," she said.
Nicholson says he, as a member of the private sector, will fight to fix all the problems he sees in Washington.
"The most important thing is to go to Washington and do the job differently and actually deal with problems, and I'm going to," he said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Baldwin was in Wausau Wednesday, and responded to the upcoming election between the two Republican senate candidates. She said she's excited to see who she will face in November, but said right now she's focused on Wisconsin.
"Looks to me like it's close and I will be looking forward to the Republicans deciding who their nominee will be. I'm here running for re-election as a senator for Wisconsin. and my focus is on the needs and the challenges of the people of this state, and i think that will be the real question for voters in November," said Sen. Baldwin.
It all comes down to next Tuesday, voters will have to decide between either Vukmir or Nicholson to run against Sen. Baldwin in November's general election.