Wisconsin strategists say Brad Pfaff, a state senator and former Kind staffer who has held leadership positions in the state and federal Departments of Agriculture, has the most momentum of the four Democrats. on the ballot. Pfaff, who has Kind’s endorsement, is the top fundraiser, with $722,000 raised and $180,000 remaining as of July 20.
Deb McGrath, a former Army captain and CIA officer whose father was the late Democratic Representative Alvin Baldus, presented herself as better placed to fight for women’s rights. She raised $639,000 and had $167,000 on hand. Rebecca Cooke, a small business owner and nonprofit founder who raised $432,000 and had $163,000 on hand, highlighted her connections to rural and farming communities in the state through the dairy farm of his family. She was the only Democrat to attract outside spending, with $28,000 in support from a group called Middle Class Values PAC. Mark Neumann, a pediatrician and La Crosse city councilor, raised less than $59,000.
Minnesota rematch: Democratic Rep. Angie Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner, a Marine Corps veteran, both went unopposed in their Tuesday primaries, setting up a 2020 rematch in Minnesota’s 2nd District. Craig won this race by 2 points.
Craig, who is in his second term, edged out Kistner and has a significant cash advantage. She said she had raised $5.2 million as of July 20 and had $4.7 million, while Kistner had raised $2.2 million and had $552,000. Both candidates will have party support: Craig is a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Frontliner, while Kistner is a Republican National Congressional Committee Young Gun. Super PACs affiliated with House Democrats and Republicans separately booked ad time in the Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Media Market for the fall.
Inside Elections rates the race as Tilt Democratic.