Trump looms in battle for open Wisconsin congressional seat

Mike Gallagher, Tom Nelson photos

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Donald Trump is looming large in the fight for an open congressional seat in northeastern Wisconsin.

Republican Mike Gallagher, a former Marine, and Democrat Tom Nelson, the Outagamie County executive, are vying to replace Republican Reid Ribble after Ribble decided not to seek re-election.

The 8th Congressional District includes Appleton, Green Bay and Door County. It’s swung back and forth between Republicans and Democrats over the last 20 years.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has poured nearly $1 million dollars into the race, signaling the GOP has high hopes for hanging onto the district.

Nelson has countered by accusing Gallagher of being closely aligned with Trump. Nelson’s campaign aired a television ad in Green Bay last week saying Trump is dangerous and that Gallagher supports the Republican presidential nominee.