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UPDATE: Kreitlow concedes congressional race to Duffy


Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy has survived his re-election bid in northwestern Wisconsin's sprawling 7th District.

The first-term congressman defeated Democrat Patrick Kreitlow on Tuesday.

Democrats considered his seat vulnerable since it had been held for 41 years by Democratic Rep. Dave Obey, who retired in 2010. Outside groups spent heavily to try to oust Duffy.

But he benefited from redistricting, which moved GOP-leaning areas including Vilas and St. Croix counties into the district, which roughly spans the northwest quarter of the state.

Duffy also had more money, having raised $2.4 million compared to Kreitlow's $1.2 million as of mid-October.

Duffy, a former district attorney, is also a professional lumberjack from Ashland who appeared on MTV's "The Real World" in the 1990s. He sits on the House Financial Services Committee.



WAUSAU (WAOW) - UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: Kreitlow campaign supporters are filling the Labor Temple in Wausau.

The polls will close in under an hour and supporters are cheerful as they wait for the results to start coming in.

Pat Kreitlow visited the Labor Temple earlier tonight and left the building shortly after.

Organizers say Kreitlow will be returning after the polls close tonight.

We will continue to bring you information on the campaign, supporters and the results throughout the night.

Stay tuned to Newsline 9, WAOW.com and follow Dan on Twitter: @dgriffin_waow for the latest.

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Pat Kreitlow is running for the 7th Congressional District seat against Republican incumbent Sean Duffy.

Kreitlow represented the 23rd district Wisconsin State Senate from 2007-2011.

Kreitlow says if elected, he looks to improve the economy by creating jobs and encouraging more job training, helping Wisconsin's small businesses with more favorable tax policies and closing loopholes that make moving American businesses and jobs overseas more attractive. 

Along the same lines, Kreitlow also says he wants to close tax loopholes for millionaires and avoid tax hikes for the middle class.

Another hot topic in this year's race: healthcare. Kreitlow says he will oppose plans to privatize Social Security and wants to preserve and strengthen the current Medicare system.

Kreitlow also says one of his first priorities is to play a crucial role in balancing the budget and finding solutions for the deficit.

Pat Kreitlow's campaign headquarters will be set up at the Labor Temple in Wausau, with supporters watching closely as the votes are tallied and the results come in.

Newsline 9's Dan Griffin will be at the Labor Temple through election night, bringing insight, up-to-date information and all your coverage, live on Newsline 9 and on WAOW.com

For real-time tweets, follow Dan on Twitter: @dgriffin_waow and on Facebook: dgriffinwaow.

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