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Just six days after losing a northern Wisconsin congressional election to Republican Tom Tiffany, Democrat Tricia Zunker announced she will run for the seat again this fall.

Tiffany beat Zunker by 14 points last Tuesday in a special election for the open seat.

“I’m standing up for what I believe in. I invite you to join me in the arena. This November, let’s dare greatly and win this seat,” Zunker said in a video.

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Republican Tom Tiffany will be northern Wisconsin’s next representative in Congress after defeating Democrat Tricia Zunker in a special election on Tuesday.

Tiffany, a state Senator from Minocqua, beat Zunker by about 14 points.

He said his first priority will be helping America rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve been through difficult times,” Tiffany said. “We know how to go out and turn things around, and we will do that again. I will dedicate myself to get America back up on her feet again.”

Northern Wisconsin is hosting its second election with in-person voting during the COVID-19 health emergency on Tuesday.

In a special election, voters will select the replacement to Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned last year.

Republican Tom Tiffany, a state Senator from Minocqua, faces Democrat Tricia Zunker, the Wausau School Board President, in the race.

Last month, the administration of Gov. Tony Evers said it considered moving the election, but decided to stick with the date.

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The chair of Democratic Party of Wisconsin wants mail-ballot-only election in next month’s special election in the 7th Congressional District.

Ben Wikler said he wanted an absentee ballot sent to every voter in the northern Wisconsin district in the race to replace former Congressman Sean Duffy.

A two-term state Senator will face the president of the Wausau School Board in May’s special election in the 7th Congressional District.

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) won his primary election against Jason Church on Tuesday, while Tricia Zunker (D-Wausau) easily defeated Lawrence Dale on the Democratic side.

The winner will replace former Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned in September.

Zunker got nearly 90 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, but she told WXPR she’s been focusing on the general election for a long time.

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Two Democrats entered the race on Monday to succeed Republican Sean Duffy in Congress.

Tricia Zunker is the president of the Wausau School Board and a justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court.

She’s trying to become the first Native American elected to Congress from Wisconsin.

Businessman and Vietnam War veteran Lawrence Dale also will run as a Democrat.

Dale unsuccessfully challenged Duffy in 2014 as a Green Party candidate, then failed to win a Democratic primary for State Assembly in 2016.