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Tech Consultant to Run Against Republican Sean Duffy

A Wisconsin tech consultant and who has appeared on stage says he will challenge Duffy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrat Kirk Bangstad, a Wisconsin entertainer and consultant who has worked with some of the country’s largest tech companies, announced Tuesday he will challenge Republican Rep. Sean P. Duffy in the state's 7th District.  

Like other candidates who have never held elected office, Bangstad said his message will be simple: “Washington is broken, and it will take someone who has not been there to fix it."  

Democratic Official Challenges Sean Duffy in Wisconsin

Duffy has a new challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ashland City Council member Kelly Westlund, a Democrat, will announce Tuesday her bid to challenge to Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., in the 7th District.

Westlund will launch her campaign with a series of meetings with labor groups, as well as "small business owners, Social Security recipients and other voters,"  throughout the northwestern Wisconsin district, according to her campaign."Sean Duffy consistently says one thing to his constituents in Wisconsin and then votes against them in Washington, D.C.," Westlund said in a release. "During my 'Progress For The People' announcement tour, I will talk about economic opportunity, jobs, Social Security and other issues of importance to middle-class and working people, and I'll hold Sean Duffy accountable for his actions in Congress."

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Sen. Claire McCaskill's Senate campaign went nuclear on Rep. Todd Akin (R) this morning, targeting his comments on "legitimate rape" that turned a sure loss for the Democrat into a likely win.

McCaskill's strategy had been widely expected ever since Akin declined to drop his Senate bid in the wake of his politically damaging comments.

Wisconsin: New GOP Poll Gives Sean Duffy an 11-Point Edge

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A new Republican survey showed freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) leading his challenger by 11 points.

Duffy had 51 percent of the vote, while former state Senate President Pro Tem Pat Kreitlow (D) had 40 percent in the poll paid for by American Action Network, a third-party, center-right group that spends heavily in House races.

Republicans Launch New Round of Ads in House Races

The National Republican Congressional Committee and other GOP-aligned outside groups launched a new round of television advertising over the weekend in a bevy of House races.

With seven weeks to go until Election Day, the NRCC on Sunday released 10 new TV ads — six in districts the group is working to hold and four in districts the GOP hopes to pick up. Democrats must score a net gain of 25 seats in November to wrestle back control of the House majority.

Wisconsin: Sean Duffy Claims Post-Recall Momentum in House Race

Rep. Sean Duffy is a top target for Democrats this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Rep. Sean Duffy's re-election campaign quickly claimed to have seized the momentum in his competitive race for re-election following Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) easy victory in Tuesday's gubernatorial recall election.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democrat who opposed Walker in the recall, won only three of the 26 counties in the 7th district, according to a Wednesday memo from the Duffy campaign. Voters in the counties that make up the district picked Walker over Barrett by a 17-point margin.

Wisconsin: DCCC Involved In Gubernatorial Recall

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is investing in Wisconsin's June 5 gubernatorial recall election.

The DCCC confirmed to Roll Call today that the committee has shifted its Badger State operation, in place to aid Democratic Congressional candidates in the fall elections, to boost the party's effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) and replace him with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Today, the DCCC today sent an email fundraising appeal asking its supporters to help underwrite its participation in the recall campaign.