Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 --- 9:50p.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble has turned back a strong Democratic challenge to retain his seat in northeastern Wisconsin's 8th District.
Ribble defeated Democrat Jamie Wall on Tuesday in a race where Democrats thought they had a credible chance to pick up a U.S. House seat. It had been held by a Democrat for two terms before Ribble was elected with help from the tea party in 2010.
Ribble, who runs his family's roofing business, sits on the House's agriculture and budget committees.
Wall, a high-tech business consultant, was raised on a dairy farm. He won a Rhodes scholarship while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ribble had a large fundraising advantage as of mid-October, having $2.3 million compared to Wall's $1 million. Ribble also got more help from outside groups.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.
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