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Petri coasts to 14th term

Petri coasts to 14th term

Petri coasts to 14th term

Petri coasts to 14th term
By Jesse Hirsch

Daily Register

In an election that held no surprises for many, U.S. Rep. Tom Petri won the seat for Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District for a 14th term.

With the vast majority of precincts reporting, including Adams and Marquette Counties, Petri beat Democratic challenger Jef Hall by a nearly three to one margin.

Petri, 64, lives in the small Town of Empire, near Fond du Lac, and has represented the 6th District since 1979.

Hall, 31, who hails from Oshkosh, staged a vigorous campaign and performed well at several candidate debates.

However, he was hindered by a lack of political experience and campaign funding; Petri raised about 30 times more money than his opponent.

Hall said the main reason he threw his hat in the ring was "because no one else did." He spent last winter looking for a candidate to topple the incumbent, but ended up running when he could not find anybody.

"I firmly believe you have to give voters a choice," Hall said.

The two candidates, as well as Wisconsin Green Party candidate Carol Rittenhouse of Plymouth, largely ran clean and respectful campaigns, sparring on the issues but avoiding personal attacks.

Hall did gain popular support when he criticized the incumbent for his vote on the Medicare bill this fall. He said Petri should have abstained because of his $5 million in Walgreens stock.

"Tom (Petri) is a really nice guy, but his economic record is just atrocious," Hall said. "He votes in his interest, not ours."

Nonetheless, Petri maintained a strong popular base for his support of small business and his ability to secure federal highway monies, among other things.

Tuesday night, saying he had learned a lot from his first political run for office, Hall remained upbeat.

"I've met so many wonderful people and seen them get really energized by this campaign, I don't really consider this a loss," he said.

When asked if he would run for office again, Hall replied, "If I see anyone else running uncontested, even if it's just the dog catcher, I'll run."

Petri and Rittenhouse could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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