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Wisconsin's congressional incumbents have large campaign-cash advantage


UNDATED (WSAU)   Most of Wisconsin’s U-S House incumbents have a large financial advantage going into the final 11 days of their re-election campaigns. The latest federal reports were due last night. First-term Republican Sean Duffy of Weston has $650,000 in the bank, as he tries to win a tight contest against former state Senate Democrat Pat Kreitlow. Duffy has raised almost $2.5-million since the first-of-the-year. Kritelow’s numbers were not immediately available.

The other Wisconsin House rookie from two years ago, Sherwood Republican Reid Ribble, has $475,000 in his fund, compared to $130,000 for his Democratic challenger Jamie Wall.

Wisconsin’s only open House seat is being contested in the Madison area. State Assembly Democrat Mark Pocan has raised well over a million dollars this year. His newest report was not available, but he had $135,000 in the bank at the end of September – while his G-O-P opponent Chad Lee has $8,500 available now.

Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Janesville has $3-million in the bank for his congressional re-election bid. His opponent, Democrat Rob Zerban, has $666,000 on hand. Republican incumbents Jim Sensenbrenner and Tom Petri, and Democrats Ron Kind and Gwen Moore, all have large financial edges over their opponents.