MADISON – Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind narrowly won his reelection bid Wednesday as Wisconsin voters showed a strong preference for returning incumbents to Congress.
Kind defeated retired Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden in western Wisconsin 51% to 49%.
In suburban Milwaukee, voters chose state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to replace retiring Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. That keeps the seat in Republican hands.
In other races, voters sent incumbents back to Washington. They reelected Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan along with Republican Reps. Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil and Tom Tiffany.
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1st Congressional District
Voters in south-central and southeastern Wisconsin gave Republican Rep. Bryan Steil a second term for the district that was long held by former House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Steil faced a challenge from Democrat Roger Polack, a Racine native who formerly served as an intelligence analyst and policy adviser with the U.S. Treasury Department.
2nd Congressional District
Four-term Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan again defeated a challenge from Republican Peter Theron in the bright blue district centered in Madison. Pocan beat Theron 71% to 29%.
3rd Congressional District
In the most closely watched race in the state, 12-term Democratic Rep. Ron Kind defeated retired Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden. The district stretches across western Wisconsin.
Kind won his 2018 race with 60% of the vote, but Republicans saw potential for their party because of a high turnout for Trump in 2016.
4th Congressional District
Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore secured a ninth term to represent her Milwaukee-based district. She faced a challenge from Republican Tim Rogers, whom she beat two years ago with 76% of the vote. Independent Robert Raymond was also on the ballot.
5th Congressional District
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, was elected to succeed Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is retiring after representing the ruby-red district for more than 40 years. Running against Fitzgerald was businessman Tom Palzewicz, the Democrat whom Sensenbrenner beat 62% to 38% in 2018. Fitzgerald defeated Palzewicz by a similar margin.
6th Congressional District
Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman secured a fourth term in a district that covers east-central Wisconsin, including a slice of Milwaukee’s northern exurbs.
He was challenged by former state Sen Jessica King.
7th Congressional District
Republican Tom Tiffany again won the district covering the northern swath of the state after first winning a special election in May after Republican Rep. Sean Duffy stepped down.
Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker, the president of the Wausau School Board, who he also defeated in May. 57% to 43% in the May special election.
8th Congressional District
Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher fended off a challenge from Democratic state Rep. Amanda Stuck for the district that covers the northeastern corner of the state, including Green Bay.
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