When David Obey retired two years ago after four decades in Washington, it sent shock waves through the political establishment. Many voters in this northwestern Wisconsin district had no recollection of any other congressmen there. WI7 was claimed by Republicans in 2010 by former "Real World Boston" participant Sean Duffy.
The district was made about three points more Republican in reapportionment, which will help Duffy greatly in his matchup against former state Sen. Pat Kreitlow. Kreitlow is well-funded, and the parties are spending freely here. Given the slight Republican tilt of the new district, Duffy is the favorite, though certainly not an overwhelming one.