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Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor, Tim Michels, campaigns at Castaway's on French Island, Nov. 7, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

It’s one of the most closely-watched races for governor in the U.S. this year, and reportedly, the most expensive.

The contest for governor of Wisconsin will be decided Tuesday, with Democrat Tony Evers facing Republican businessman Tim Michels.

On Monday afternoon, Michels made a happy-hour appearance at Castaway’s on the Island, telling a crowd of Republican supporters that the odds look good.

“Get ’em to the polls, we have all the momentum,” Michels said, while standing behind the bar, addressing a few dozen supporters. “We have all the enthusiasm.”

Michels called the most recent poll numbers his “strongest numbers ever,” and predicts it will be part of a “Wisconsin landslide.”

Running mate Sen. Roger Roth introduced Michels, saying “in just over 24 hours, we are going to retire Tony Evers.”

Other prominent Republicans at the rally included former state Sen. Dan Kapanke, former Assembly Rep. Mike Huebsch, and Mike’s son Ryan Huebsch, who’s running for his father’s old seat in the 94th District against Democratic incumbent Steve Doyle.

Republicans in Wisconsin had to give up the governor’s office four years ago, when Evers defeated two-term incumbent Scott Walker.

Michels says he’d like to take new votes on bills that Evers has vetoed, but he also wants to promote new ideas.

“My whole life, I’ve been a guy that looks through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror,” he said, adding that his administration would stand for working families, tax reform and improving schools.

The latest Marquette University poll in the governor’s race shows Michels and Evers tied.

The most recent La Crosse stop by Evers was a week ago at UW-La Crosse, which was one of perhaps a dozen trips the governor has made to the city.

The last time Wisconsin voters unseated a governor after one term or less was 20 years ago, when Republican Scott McCallum lost to Jim Doyle in the 2002 election.

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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