BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) Big night in Brown County for Republicans. They gathered for the annual "Meet the Ticket" event - bringing political candidates and their supporters together.
Talk to Republicans and they will tell you this gathering is about generating excitement and creating momentum for campaigns this coming election cycle.
In a restaurant called the Ravine - a room full of Republicans.
"The goal is to educate and energize," said Republican Party of Brown County Chairman, Mark Becker.
Long-time incumbents and candidate hopefuls - all eager for the elections just ahead.
"This is the biggest event outside of the convention," said Becker. "Expecting a big crowd along with the elected officials, so it's a big deal."
The star of the night Scott Walker, who rallied local Republicans, while acknowledging the most recent Marquette Law poll which shows the governor's race too close to call.
"Whether retirees, young people, college students, working families were going to need all of those folks out knocking on doors making personal contacts," said Gov. Walker (R-Wisconsin). "We think that will make the difference."
Familiar themes filled the hall; the economy is all that matters and Republicans are better poised to create jobs then the competition.
"The number one thing we want is jobs and people working and folks that are used to doing that understand that," said Assembly candidate, John Macco. "There's some understanding our party does it better."
However, this gathering was more about meeting supporters and encouraging them to reach out to the undecided. To help this political party maintain control in both houses of the State Legislature and the governor's mansion come the fall.
"I think we have to explain our message a bit different," said Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere). "Balancing budgets, being pro-family, moving economy forward, making it so many people can have success in this country. Those are things often twisted by the other side. We are an inclusive party with a great message we just need to send that message out."
"The hope is the energy here will be spread across the county and help voter turnout that way - make it happen - I guess," said Becker.
This was the second "Meet the Ticket" event. Organizers call it the biggest Republican event in Wisconsin, outside the state convention.