Democrats projected to take House in midterm elections
Democrats are expected to take control of the House, though no upsets are expected in Wisconsin to affect the balance of power.Image By: Cameron Lane-Flehinger
Despite a few surprises in Wisconsin's congressional election results, Democrats will gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans are projected to expand their Senate majority.
Formerly served by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, Bryan Steil will keep District 1 in GOP hands after a contested election from ironworker Randy Bryce, who gained national attention for his momentum and fundraising on social media. This was the only district without an incumbent candidate.
Uncontested U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, won District 2, continuing progressive Madison representation in Congress since first elected in 2013.
District 3 remained in the hands of incumbent U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse. The La Crosse-born congressman beat out the Republican U.S. Army veteran Steve Toft. Kind has served his home district since 1997.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, maintained Democratic hold of District 4, Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs. The Racine native and first African-American elected to Congress by Wisconsin gains another two-year term.
Forty-year incumbent U.S. Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, will represent District 5, pursuing legislation like the BUILD WALL Act of 2017. Rep. Sensenbrenner beat out Democratic Navy veteran Tom Palzewicz.
District 6 will continue a 78-year GOP streak as U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Fox Valley, defeated non-profit businessman Dan Kohl, son of former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin.
U.S. Republican incumbents Mike Gallagher, R-Green Bay, and Sean Duffy, R-Weston, keep Districts 8 and 7 respectively. U.S. Rep. Gallagher is serving his second term in his home district.
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