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October 20, 2014

Wisconsin: SEIU Backs Off 8th District

The Service Employees International Union has canceled a previously scheduled television ad buy in support of businessman Jamie Wall’s (D) challenge of Rep. Reid Ribble (R).

Roll Call has learned from a source monitoring Wisconsin advertising markets that the union will no longer follow through with its approximately $130,000 reservation in the Green Bay media market, which covers the 8th district. But the same source noted that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is still scheduled to go on television in Green Bay on Oct. 9.

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, had previously canceled a $130,000 television ad-buy reservation in mid-September.

Despite the SEIU news, Democrats remain positive about the outlook of the race. A campaign spokesman said the Wall campaign will continue to push ahead with its own advertising.

“I think this race is just starting to really heat up between the two of them,” said a national Democrat. That operative was quick to note the growing consensus that President Barack Obama will have coattails in the Badger State.

Roll Call rates this race Leans Republican.

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