House Members Handily Strike Down Challengers

Aug 12, 2014

Gwen Moore, Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy all won their partisan primaries Tuesday.


The U.S. representatives advance to the Nov. 4 general election.

Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore faced a challenge by former state Sen. Gary George, who last held office more than a decade ago. George was recalled in 2003 and convicted in a kickback scheme in 2004. George said he wanted to get into the race because he was frustrated with the ineffectiveness of Milwaukee’s “political elite.” Moore said she remains effective, after a decade in office representing constituents of the 4th Congressional District. Moore will face GOP primary winner and Milwaukee small business owner Dan Sebring in November.

In southeastern Wisconsin’s 1st CD, Rep. Paul Ryan easily defeated his challenger, activist Jeremy Ryan. Paul Ryan’s opponent in the general election will be Kenosha businessman Rob Zerban, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday.

In northern Wisconsin, Republican Congressman Sean Duffy won his party’s nomination, beating back a challenge from Don Raihala. Duffy’s opponent in November will be Ashland County City Council member Kelly Westlund, who won Tuesday’s Democratic primary.