MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican field is heating up in the competition to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen.
According to new campaign finance reports, the early leader is Reid Ribble, a former roofing contractor from Kaukauna. He had $115,000 in the bank as of Dec. 31. That’s as much as his four challengers have combined.
But the momentum is split between Ribble and two rivals. Ribble raised about $50,000 in the last reporting quarter. State Rep. Roger Roth raised about the same amount, and Marc Trager of Howard wasn’t far behind.
The incumbent Kagen still has a huge cash advantage. With $550,000 in the bank, he has almost five times as much money as Ribble.
The Republican field will be narrowed to one candidate following the Sept. 14 primary. The general election is Nov. 2.