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Former Trump Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus Reportedly Exploring Wisconsin Gubernatorial Bid

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Former Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is reportedly exploring a bid to challenge Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in 2022.

Priebus has been calling GOP officials throughout his home state, Politico first reported, signaling that he is mulling a challenge to Evers, who was elected in 2018.

Priebus chaired the Republican National Committee when Trump ran for president in 2016, and became his first chief of staff after he took office. Trump fired Priebus in July 2017. (RELATED: Priebus Says President Biden Is Uniting Republicans With His Executive Orders)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump signs the first of three Executive Orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, January 23, 2017. They concerned the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a US Government hiring freeze for all departments but the military, and "Mexico City" which bans federal funding of abortions overseas. Standing behind the President, from left to right: US Vice President Mike Pence; White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus; Peter Navarro, Director of the National Trade Council; Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President; Steven Miller, Senior Advisor to the President; unknown; and Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist. (Photo by Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump, with Reince Priebus standing behind, signs the first of three Executive Orders in the Oval Office of the White House (Ron Sachs – Pool/Getty Images)

Though the former RNC chairman is a top ally of former House Speaker Paul Ryan and former two-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker, he is likely to face a crowded Republican primary if he decides to run. Former GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has been exploring a gubernatorial bid, and State Senate President Chris Kapenga has floated a potential campaign as well.

Evers, Wisconsin’s former superintendent of public instruction, beat Walker in 2018 by just over one point. He has faced consistent opposition from Wisconsin’s Republican state legislature, which worked to strip him of some of his powers before he took office in January 2019.

President Joe Biden won the perennial swing state by approximately 20,000 votes out of over 3.2 million cast, though Trump narrowly won the state in 2016.

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