Wisconsin Republicans hold on to Ryan's seat

Published 11-07-2018

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - While high-profile clashes for governor and the U.S. Senate top the ballot in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Democrats have high hopes for a handful of other key races. The party hoped to seize outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan's seat and send former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl's nephew to Congress. Democrats also looked to send Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel packing, hold onto the secretary of state's office and flip the state treasurer's office after eight years of GOP control.

A look at each of the races:

PAUL RYAN'S SEAT

Democrats thought they finally had a shot at Ryan's 1st Congressional District seat since his decision against seeking re-election after 20 years in Washington. The party pinned its hopes on Racine ironworker Randy Bryce but Republican attorney Bryan Steil defeated him easily. Bryce had built a national following, branding himself "Iron Stache," a play on his occupation and his thick mustache. He generated more than $6 million in contributions by the end of July but had plenty of problems. He failed to pay child support and has been arrested nine times. Steil, a University of Wisconsin System regent, worked as a Ryan aide for a year in 2003 and had Ryan's support since he entered the race. The district covers Wisconsin's southeastern corner and includes Janesville, Racine and Kenosha.

6th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Democrat Dan Kohl, a nephew of former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, is challenging two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Glenn Grothman. Grothman serves on the House Budget, Education and the Workforce and Oversight and Government Reform committees. Before his election to Congress, Grothman was in the state Legislature for 22 years, and built a reputation as one of the state Senate's most conservative members. Kohl worked at his uncle's business, the Milwaukee Bucks, for 14 years as a scout, salary cap specialist and assistant general manager. He says improving health care is his top priority and has criticized Grothman for votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Grothman has said he expects the toughest re-election fight of his career in a district that has trended Republican for decades.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Democrat Josh Kaul is looking to unseat Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Kaul is the son of late former Democratic Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager and served as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore but hasn't played up his background on the campaign trail, choosing instead to focus on attacking Schimel. He says Schimel took too long to test thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits , allowing testing delays at the state crime labs to grow, spending taxpayer money on commemorative coins for local police and failing to get control of the state's opioid crisis. Schimel has pushed back by playing up his efforts to award safety grants to schools and painting Kaul as an outsider with little prosecutorial experience.

SECRERTARY OF STATE

Democratic incumbent Doug La Follette is seeking his 11th term. Standing in the way is Republican Jay Schroeder, a mortgage loan officer from Neenah. Republican lawmakers have stripped the secretary of state's office of nearly all of its duties over the years. The secretary's only real tasks now are sitting on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and issuing international authentication certificates for documents.

TREASURER

Republican Travis Hartwig of Oak Creek and Democrat Sarah Godlewski of Madison are vying to replace outgoing state Trea

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Democrat Josh Kaul is looking to unseat Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Kaul is the son of late former Democratic Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager and served as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore but hasn't played up his background on the campaign trail, choosing instead to focus on attacking Schimel. He says Schimel took too long to test thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits , allowing testing delays at the state crime labs to grow, spending taxpayer money on commemorative coins for local police and failing to get control of the state's opioid crisis. Schimel has pushed back by playing up his efforts to award safety grants to schools and painting Kaul as an outsider with little prosecutorial experience.

SECRERTARY OF STATE

Democratic incumbent Doug La Follette is seeking his 11th term. Standing in the way is Republican Jay Schroeder, a mortgage loan officer from Neenah. Republican lawmakers have stripped the secretary of state's office of nearly all of its duties over the years. The secretary's only real tasks now are sitting on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and issuing international authentication certificates for documents.

TREASURER

Republican Travis Hartwig of Oak Creek and Democrat Sarah Godlewski of Madison are vying to replace outgoing state Treasuer Matt Adamcyzk. The treasurer has no real tasks except to sit on the Board of Commissioners of Public Land and track unclaimed property. Godlewski wants the office to review state finances and protect senior citizens from financial exploitation. Hartwig wants the office to help with audits of state and local government. Neither of them can do anything unless legislators hand the office more powers.

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SECRERTARY OF STATE

Democratic incumbent Doug La Follette is seeking his 11th term. Standing in the way is Republican Jay Schroeder, a mortgage loan officer from Neenah. Republican lawmakers have stripped the secretary of state's office of nearly all of its duties over the years. The secretary's only real tasks now are sitting on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and issuing international authentication certificates for documents.

TREASURER

Republican Travis Hartwig of Oak Creek and Democrat Sarah Godlewski of Madison are vying to replace outgoing state Treasuer Matt Adamcyzk. The treasurer has no real tasks except to sit on the Board of Commissioners of Public Land and track unclaimed property. Godlewski wants the office to review state finances and protect senior citizens from financial exploitation. Hartwig wants the office to help with audits of state and local government. Neither of them can do anything unless legislators hand the office more powers.

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Follow Todd Richmond on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trichmond1

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For AP's complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics

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