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Thursday, October 15, 2009

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GOP challengers report large fundraising totals

Three Republican congressional hopefuls have reported sizable fundraising hauls ahead of tomorrow's reporting deadline.

Ashland Co. DA Sean Duffy reported that he raised nearly $140,000 during the third quarter in his uphill bid to unseat northern Dem U.S. Rep. Dave Obey.

Duffy said he had $120,000 cash on hand as of Sept. 30, the close of the period. According to his campaign, he had 516 donors with almost 75 percent of them contributing $100 or less, and 85 percent of his donations came from Wisconsin.

Reid Ribble, a Kaukauna roofing contractor hoping to take on Dem U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen of Appleton, has reported raising more than $130,000.

Both candidates must get through primaries next year to face the incumbent Dems: 2006 Obey challenger Dan Mielke is running again, while Ribble so far faces Door Co. Supv. Marc Savard and Brown Co. Supv. Andy Williams.

In the 3rd CD, state Sen. Dan Kapanke reported $111,000 raised toward challenging U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse.

Kagen, Kind and Obey are both listed as targets for Republicans on some national watch lists. Kagen is in his second term, while Kind and Obey have long been entrenched in their respective districts.


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