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Vukmir brings Senate campaign to La Crosse

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Wisconsin voters will decide in less than seven months between two Republicans hoping to take Tammy Baldwin’s Senate seat.

Over the weekend, members of the La Crosse County GOP heard state Senator Leah Vukmir at its party caucus.

“I’ve put on 41,000 miles on my car since last February and have gone to close to 50 counties, most of them more than once,” Vukmir said.

One of the things she addressed was her support for a Mexican border wall. She said opponents of the wall may have a mistaken idea of what the border barrier would look like.

“I think that the president gets maligned for wanting to create this wall,” Vukmir said. “People try to make it out like the Great Wall of China. There are ways to create security perimeters to take care of the areas that are porous.”

Below are eight prototypes for the border wall:

Cost, not cosmetics, may be a big issue with the wall. Right now, it’s part of the reason for a government shutdown. It could cost $20 billion over seven years if fully funded.

Vukmir’s primary opponent is Kevin Nicholson, who has been criticized for switching from the Democratic party years ago. Republicans in Wisconsin have won only four elections for the Senate in the last 60 years.

If they defeat Baldwin this fall, the GOP will have both of Wisconsin’s seats for the first time since the 1950s.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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