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Wisconsin 8th District - Ribble vs. Wall


Reid Ribble

Reid Ribble (R)*

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Jamie Wall

Jamie Wall (D)

Bio | Campaign Site

Wisconsin Snapshot

RCP Ranking: Likely GOP
2012 Key Races:
President | Senate | WI-7

----------PAST KEY RACES----------

Governor | Senate | WI-3 | WI-7 | WI-8
2008: President | WI-8
2006: Governor | WI-8
2004: President | Senate

Polling Data

PollDateSampleRibble (R)Wall (D)Spread
Final Results----56.044.0Ribble +12.0

Race Analysis

This traditionally Republican district in northeastern Wisconsin has been held by a Democrat for three consecutive terms only once -- during the great GOP/Progressive schism of the early 1910s.  Democrat Steve Kagen thought he might have a chance at doing so, but ended up losing by 10 points in the GOP landslide of 2010. 

The winner of that race, businessman Reid Ribble, has kept a fairly low profile in Washington.  He's made some of the usual GOP mistakes such as calling Social Security a "Ponzi scheme," but managed to avoid a top-tier challenger.  The GOP lean of the district means that, absent a sudden collapse by the Romney campaign, Ribble is unlikely to lose.