Tricia Zunker defeats Lawrence Dale in WI-07 Democratic primary

Tricia Zunker defeated Lawrence Dale in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the special election to fill the seat representing Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. With 84% of precincts reporting, Zunker received 88.8% of the vote to Dale’s 11.2%. Zunker advanced to the district’s special general election on May 12. The 7th District seat was vacated by Sean Duffy (R) in September 2019.

Zunker said that she would be a voice in Washington for local farmers and work to improve public education. She said she was “in favor of Medicare for All for those who want it.” Dale campaigned on transitioning the area’s timber pulp industry to hemp pulp, growing the local farming industry, and passing Medicare for All.

Endorsements in the race focused on Zunker, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Democratic Party, as well as Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

The special general election will be held on May 12. Duffy, who was first elected in 2010, won his last election in 2018 by a margin of about 22 percentage points.

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