Steve Kagen

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.