Mike Gallagher

Former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staffer Wins GOP Nod in Tossup Seat
Retiring Rep. Reid Ribble endorsed Mike Gallagher for his seat

Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., above, backed Marine Corps Veteran Mike Gallagher to replace him in Wisconsin's 8th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Marine Corps Veteran Mike Gallagher won the Republican primary in Wisconsin's open 8th District Tuesday night.

He carried 73 percent of the vote in the three-way primary, with just 29 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. 

Open Wisconsin GOP Seat Shifts to Tossup
Democrats’ get their preferred candidate to challenge Republicans

Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., is retiring at the end of this Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson has announced his candidacy , giving Democrats their preferred choice for picking up retiring GOP Rep. Reid Ribble’s open seat in Wisconsin’s 8th District.  

In an initial analysis of the race in the Feb. 5 issue of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report , GOP sources admitted that Nelson would be a formidable foe. And the competitive nature of the district and potential drag from the top of the ticket — likely from either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — puts this race firmly into play.