Neumann Will Not Seek GOP Endorsement in Governor's Race

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Mark Neumann is taking the highly unusual step of not seeking his own party's endorsement in the race for governor.

Neumann's decision he announced Thursday clears the way for fellow Republican Scott Walker to get the official GOP endorsement at its convention in Milwaukee on May 22.

Neumann has been presenting himself as the outsider candidate, even though he is running as a Republican and served two terms in Congress in the 1990s as a Republican.

Walker has been courting party insiders almost nonstop since he dropped out of the governor's race four years ago, making it likely he would get the endorsement even if Neumann sought it.

Neumann says the next governor should be picked by voters, not party insiders.

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