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Ex-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid

Ex-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid
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Former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDemocrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Governor races to test COVID-19 response, Trump influence MORE is considering a run for governor of Wisconsin in 2022.

A source familiar with Priebus’s thinking confirmed to The Hill on Friday that Priebus had begun conversations with top Wisconsin Republicans about the prospects of challenging Gov. Tony EversTony EversWisconsin GOP spent more than M on lawsuits since 2018: report Wisconsin Senate passes bill prohibiting police chokeholds Wisconsin governor announces reelection bid MORE (D) next year. The source characterized the conversations as preliminary.

Politico first reported Priebus was considering the race.

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Priebus got his start in GOP politics as the chairman of a congressional district organization. He later became chairman of the Wisconsin state Republican Party, then won election as chairman of the Republican National Committee. After Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE won the presidency, Priebus became his first White House chief of staff.

Trump fired Priebus in July 2017, though Priebus stayed close to the former president through his term. He is also a close ally of top Wisconsin Republicans former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNow we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin Zaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power MORE and former Gov. Scott Walker.

He would likely face a competitive Republican primary. Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) has begun laying the groundwork for a potential campaign and State Senate President Chris Kapenga (R) has hinted at a potential run too.

Evers, 69, beat Walker in 2018 by just over 1 percentage point, or about 29,000 votes out of almost 2.7 million cast. His first term has been marked by feuds with the Republican-led state legislature.

President BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE narrowly won the state by less than 1 percentage point in 2020.