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Kohl may get free ride in this election

It looks like U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Menomonee Falls, gets a pass in this year's election.

That's because state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, has decided not to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. His decision leaves the state GOP without a big name candidate to run against Kohl this November.

"I regret to announce that I will not be running against Sen. Herb Kohl this fall. I continue to believe that Sen. Kohl is out of step with the values of Wisconsin voters on spending, immigration, guns, energy and life," said Grothman in a statement released by the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

He added that his primary reason for not challenging Kohl is not having the time to put together an effective campaign.

Grothman is the third Republican to reject the party's appeals to run against millionaire department store magnate Herb Kohl.

Early on, GOP leaders were recruiting former U.S. Senate candidate Tim Michels to jump in the race. Michels name was then pushed aside when it was rumored former Gov. Tommy Thompson might make a run.

Both men ultimately declined.

Grothman said he gathered more than enough signatures to make the ballot, and he was mulling the idea right down to the wire. He says that if he'd been approached earlier, he might have challenged Kohl.

Grothman's decision leaves Bear Creek attorney Robert Gerald Lorge as the only Republican in the race. Lorge has been unsuccessful in previous bids for statewide office.