Republican Tom Tiffany wins Wisconsin special election

Republican Tom Tiffany won the special election in Wisconsin’s 7th District on Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyLobbying world CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Bottom line MORE (R).

Tiffany, a state senator, defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker, a member of the Wausau School Board and associate justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court. Tiffany was winning by a 58-42 percent margin with about 83 percent of precincts reporting.

The Wisconsin Republican had the backing of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE, who worked to boost Tiffany the day before the special election.


"Tom Tiffany (@TomTiffanyWI) is a Great Advocate for the incredible people of Wisconsin (WI07). We need Tom in Congress to help us Make America Great Again!" Trump tweeted Monday.

Duffy, who won reelection in 2018 by about 22 points, resigned in September in anticipation of the birth of a child who was expected to have health complications. 

Tiffany will serve the rest of Duffy’s term and will have to win again in November should he seek a full term of his own.


The election took place about a month after Wisconsin held primaries following a legal wrangling between Gov. Tony Evers (D) and Republican leaders of the state legislature over whether to postpone the elections due to the coronavirus.

Evers had sought to delay the elections but was prevented by the courts from doing so

The Wisconsin special election was one of two House races on Tuesday, with California also holding a contest to fill former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillObamas to attend Biden inauguration Trump pardons George Papadopoulos in latest batch of pardons Former Rep. Katie Hill files lawsuit against ex-husband, Daily Mail over nude photos MORE's (D) seat.