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Ron Johnson to make first campaign appearance with Donald Trump

November 1, 2016 GMT

For the first time this campaign, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is set to join his party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in Eau Claire Tuesday.

A spokesman for Johnson, R-Oshkosh, confirmed his plans Tuesday afternoon. He’ll join Trump, running mate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and Gov. Scott Walker at the Eau Claire event.

“Tonight Ron will speak alongside Wisconsin Republicans about what his campaign has been all about -- focusing on areas of agreement, taking on Washington dysfunction, and stopping Hillary Clinton and Senator Feingold,” Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger said in a statement.

Johnson is running against Democrat Russ Feingold in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race.

Trump repeatedly has stopped in Wisconsin throughout the general election campaign in an effort to carry the state, even as polls have shown Clinton with a consistent lead in the Badger State.

Until now Johnson, who supports Trump’s candidacy, has resisted appearing at the same event with him.

Feingold’s campaign, which has sought throughout the race to underscore Johnson’s support of Trump, quickly responded to the news.

“Senator Johnson’s decision to campaign with Trump is sad, but expected. Whether it’s dodging taxes or hurling personal insults, Trump and Sen. Johnson share the same vision for an economy that’s rigged for people like them,” Feingold spokesman Michael Tyler said in a statement.