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Tim Michels, the Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin, said at a campaign stop in Jefferson County on Oct. 31, 2022 that, “Republicans will never lose another election after I’m elected governor.”

Michels’ spokesperson Brian Fraley said Michels merely meant Republicans would be rewarded for doing a good job. Earlier in Michel’s speech, he said, “After I win this election, we are gonna make sure that (working people) in Wisconsin understand that the Republican Party is their best bet for … better opportunity.”

Multiple Democrats and prominent news outlets took issue with Michels’ statement, with several commentators interpreting it as hinting at his intentions to restructure Wisconsin’s future elections in favor of Republicans. 

Michels has proposed dissolving the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission and signing bills previously vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers that would have added new requirements for voters and election officials. 


SoundCloud: Tim Michels appearance in Jefferson County on October 31, 2022

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.