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February 8, 2016

Republican, Democrat Enter Wide-Open Wisconsin Race for Congress

Petri is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two more candidates have entered the race to fill retiring GOP Rep. Tom Petri’s House seat in Wisconsin.

Republican state Senator Joe Leibham said Tuesday afternoon that he will join the race for the GOP nomination.

Earlier on Tuesday, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris became the first Democrat to announce his candidacy, telling Oshkosh Northwestern Media he is a “fiscally conservative progressive.”

Harris faces an uphill climb in this Republican district. The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race as a Safe Republican contest, and whoever wins the GOP primary in August will likely win the general election in November.

Some Wisconsin strategists have predicted Leibham could be the front-runner in the GOP primary because his state Senate district encompasses much of the 6th District and he is well known in the area.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman and state Rep. Duey Stroebel have already jumped into the GOP primary race.  John Hiller, an adviser to Gov. Scott Walker, is also considering a run.

  • becca33160

    “Fiscally conservative Progressive.” What an oxymoron!

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  • Matt D.

    Liberals don’t deal in reality, they deal in fantasy.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    I can’t believe that after ALL of this time, and after break after break, we still have no extension bill passed in the senate. This proves that the republican party never had ANY intention to pass this bill REGARDLESS of what concession was offered to them. These republican senators have shown their true distain for the poor people in this country. There can be no other explanation for their lack of total compassion and empathy with those in our country who are hurting financially in one of the worse recessions in many years. As a “FORMER” republican, I’m shocked and disappointed by the party that once was my own. I will NEVER EVER vote for a republican again in the future, and will encourage family and friends to do the same. The republican party has lost it’s way and are no longer relevant to it’s constituents. Just what kind of game are they playing here? When we have more than two million families out of work, without any benefits, struggling from day to day to keep a roof over their children’s heads, and food on the table, they’re playing party politics? These senators are heartless, soulless, bureaucrats, who do not care about you and me, but ONLY themselves and their party. We need to make a huge change in the next elections, and make sure that the republicans are never in charge again to do this sort of thing to helpless people.

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