Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Sean Duffy Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Sean Duffy Republican Party
Sean Duffy.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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The 7th congressional district of Wisconsin will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Sean Duffy (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District includes Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Price, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Marathon, Portage, Wood, Clark, Taylor, Chippewa, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn, Barron, Polk and Burnett counties.[6]

Race Background

Wisconsin's 7th District became more Republican following redistricting after the 2010 census, giving Duffy an edge over Kreitlow.[7] While the district became more Republican, Duffy came under fire in 2011 for comments he made about his personal wealth. He complained that it was difficult to pay bills on his congressional salary, which was $174,000.[8]

The 2012 race brought in a lot of money. Kreitlow raised $1.2 million by mid-October, and Duffy had raised twice that amount. Another $4.3 million was spent by outside groups on attack ads on both sides.[9]


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August 12, 2014, primary results

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Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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  • Independent Ken Driessen - Independent Populist Party[10][14]

District history


The 7th congressional district of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Sean Duffy won re-election in the district.[17]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Kreitlow 43.8% 157,524
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 56.1% 201,720
     Independent Dale Lehner 0% 20
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 405
Total Votes 359,669
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


On November 2, 2010, Sean Duffy won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Julie M. Lassa (D) and Gary Kauther (Independent No War No Bailout).[18] Incumbent Dave Obey did not seek re-election.

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 7, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy 52.2% 132,551
     Democratic Julie M. Lassa 44.5% 113,018
     Independent Gary Kauther 3.3% 8,397
Total Votes 253,966

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 12, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 12, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Wisconsin Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. RealClearPolitics, "WI 7th District," accessed March 22, 2013
  8. Talking Points Memo, "So How Rich Is Sean Duffy? Not Very…For A Congressman," accessed March 22, 2013
  9. Chippewa Herald, "Duffy-Kreitlow House race drawing attention," accessed March 22, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," accessed June 3, 2014 (dead link)
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Statement of Candidacy," accessed February 24, 2014
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Registered Write‐in Candidates for August 12, 2014 Partisan Primary," accessed July 22, 2014 (dead link)
  13. 'Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Registered Write‐in Candidates for November 2014," accessed September 10, 2014 (dead link)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," accessed June 13, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Associated Press, "Wisconsin - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 12, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "Democratic Official Challenges Sean Duffy in Wisconsin", accessed December 9, 2013
  17. Politico "2012 Election Map, Wisconsin"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"