Baldwin mulls upcoming election during visit to Potosi Brewing Co.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin visited the Potosi Brewing Co. on Monday as part of a stop on a weeklong tour that will take her through 18 Wisconsin counties.

The tour comes during her bid for re-election as Wisconsin’s junior senator and before the Aug. 14 state primary, when Republican voters will select her opponent.’

Although recent polls place Baldwin ahead of her competition — state Sen. Leah Vukmir, of Brookfield, and Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson — Baldwin remains cautious.

“I’m feeling good, but I know that in Wisconsin that things can change in a moment’s notice,” Baldwin said. “We saw that in 2016, and I’m taking nothing for granted.”

During the presidential election, Republican Donald Trump captured Wisconsin by a margin just shy of 23,000 votes.

Baldwin observed that more super PAC spending is being poured into her senate race than any other involving a Democratic incumbent seeking re-election.

“My campaign has been the focus of about $11 million of outside super PAC spending with nasty attack ads,” she said. “They’ve been focused here and I think it’s because they are seeking to buy a senate seat, someone bought and paid for for their interests.”

In an emailed statement, Vukmir claimed two-thirds of Baldwin’s campaign donations have come from “out-of-state San Francisco and (Washington, D.C.,) elites.”

“Wisconsinites know she looks out for them more than us,” Vukmir said. “I’m proud to have the vast majority of my support coming from in-state, and when I beat her in the fall, we’ll have a senator who truly wants to take the Wisconsin Way to Washington.”

A representative from Nicholson’s campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

During her visit to Potosi, Baldwin outlined a list of legislative priorities that include increasing health care accessibility, fostering workforce development and allocating resources to abate the opioid crisis.

She also drew attention to the Trump administration’s current tariff war with chief U.S. trading partners, including China, Canada, Mexico and other European Union member countries, which, Baldwin said, could further harm “struggling” Wisconsin dairy farmers.

“I feel like our farmers have been draftees into a trade war they didn’t ask for,” she said. “You see retaliatory tariffs being imposed against cheese, and that’s going to hit hard in Wisconsin.”

Read more at the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.