Fact tracking the 2018 candidates for U.S. senator

Wisconsin Republicans are hoping to deny Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (center) a second term in the November 2018 elections. Vying for the GOP nomination to challenge Baldwin are political newcomer Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir.
Wisconsin Republicans are hoping to deny Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (center) a second term in the November 2018 elections. Vying for the GOP nomination to challenge Baldwin are political newcomer Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir.

Updated July 13, 2018

Consider this your running scorecard on how the 2018 candidates for U.S. Senate are faring on our Truth-O-Meter (and the Flip-O-Meter).

Check back often to see the latest ratings for the incumbent, Democrat Tammy Baldwin, and the two candidates seeking the Republican nomination: Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir.

And please let us know if you see something we should fact check: [email protected]

The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. The most recent fact checks for each candidate are listed first.

TAMMY BALDWIN Elected senator in 2012

Immigration: Says Donald Trump's executive order "doesn't address the over 2,000 children who are already separated from their parents, and it doesn't change the fact that we would be jailing children with their families." Mostly True

Cheese: Says that "when federal bureaucrats wanted to prohibit the use of wooden cheese boards, which help make tens of millions of pounds of cheese a year" she "stepped in, helped eliminate the regulations." Mostly True.

Guns: Says 97 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. Mostly True.

Guns: The Las Vegas shooting was the "273rd mass shooting" in the United States so far in 2017. Half True.

Trump: Says Donald Trump "wants to kick thousands of kids off of BadgerCare." Half True.

KEVIN NICHOLSON Delafield businessman

Baldwin: "Tammy Baldwin cosponsored legislation that wanted to establish the Department of Peace and Nonviolence." Mostly True.

Supporters: Says conservative mega-donor Richard Uihlein is a Wisconsin resident. False.

Guns: "There are more guns in this country than there are people." Half True.

Ex-Democrats: "Ronald Reagan was a verified Democrat until his mid-50s." True.

LEAH VUKMIR State senator from Brookfield

Immigration: Says Mark Pocan’s proposal to eliminate the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would "eliminate border enforcement." Pants on Fire

Immigration: On separating families at the border. Half Flip.

Baldwin: Says Tammy Baldwin is "more worried about the mastermind of 9/11" than supporting CIA director nominee Gina Haspel. Pants on Fire.

Baldwin: Says Sen. Tammy Baldwin "claims to support a 'Buy America' philosophy, but her actions speak louder than her empty words." False.

Crime: In 2016, there were 5,570 people in Wisconsin "who committed crimes on probation and they were not revoked." Half True.

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