Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Josh Mandel is a favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination.
But he is not running for president, according to the results of Tuesday’s presidential primary.
Bidena Dixson/The Hill, file Democratic Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker of Wisconsin celebrates during a campaign rally with supporters on Tuesday in Milwaukee.
In the GOP primary, former Arkansas Gov.
Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum both declared they would run for president.
On the Democratic side, former Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley is leading in the polls.
O’Malley and his running mate, former Gov.
Jim Justice, have both declared their intention to run.
Mandel has not yet formally announced his bid, but he has made clear he would not run if he didn’t get a majority of the vote.
Wisconsin has had an open GOP primary for a number of years, but in a year where Democrats have a chance to reclaim the White House, a state that has been in Republican hands since 1992, Mandel will be looking for a solid lead over a field that includes Gov.
Jodi Rell and former Govs.
Tom Barrett and Mike Huckabee.
Mandel, a Democrat, is not expected to have a clear frontrunner.
“I am running to be president of the United States.
If the GOP wins the Whitehouse in 2020, we will be the nation’s 21st president,” Mandel said in a statement.
“I am confident in my ability to defeat Donald Trump, the GOP, and its anti-democratic agenda.
The only way to do so is by winning the 2020 election.”
The Wisconsin primary will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Rounding out the field is former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Utah Gov.
Jon Huntsman, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie and former Florida Gov.
Former Pennsylvania Gov.
Ed Rendell is not considering a bid.
With the Republican race moving to the home stretch, both Democrats and independents are likely to choose to vote for Mandel over either of the remaining Republican candidates, with Walker leading in both categories.
The Republican field includes former Alaska Gov.
Sarah Palin, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Virginia Gov.
Ralph Northam and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.
Romney, who ran in 2012, has yet to officially declare whether he will seek the White, but the former Massachusetts governor has indicated he would rather run for the GOP nomination than seek a second term.