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How voters are feeling as Republicans hold first presidential primary debate in Milwaukee

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Maayan Silver
Wisconsin voters gathered at the Explorium Brewpub in downtown Milwaukee to watch the first GOP presidential primary debate, which was taking place about a mile away at the Fiserv Forum.

The first Republican presidential debate took place in Milwaukee. Eight republican candidates took the stage but former President Donald Trump was not one of them.

The debate kicked off a lead up to the Republican National Convention, which will be held in Milwaukee next summer, and the presidential election later that fall. With such a spotlight on Milwaukee and Wisconsin, a well known swing state, we wanted to get an idea of how voters are feeling, what issues are on their minds and how they feel about the candidates.

WUWM's Maayan Silver spoke to people at a debate watch party in Milwaukee and at the Brookfield Farmers Market. Brookfield is in Waukesha County, which traditionally leans republican but voting trends there have started to shift in recent elections.

Lake Effect conversation: Brookfield Farmers Market

Maayan is a WUWM news reporter.
Becky is WUWM's executive producer of Lake Effect.
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