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Politico.com cites Ribble's return to Congress as incumbent success

5:37 PM, Nov. 12, 2012  |  Comments
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Politico.com named U.S. Reps. Reid Ribble, R-Sherwood, one of the freshman congressional "rebels" who used his incumbent status to get reelected.

Ribble defended his 8th congressional seat, against Green Bay businessman Jamie Wall by painting himself as a "bipartisan-minded problem-solver in a dysfunctional capitol," according to Politico.

Read the Politico.com story here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83685.html

The congressman told the Washington, D.C.-centric publication that running as an incumbent was "easier" because he was more visible to voters. At the same time, he wanted to avoid being seen as a Washington insider.

"I still ran as an outsider, because I didn't want to be seen as being from Washington," Ribble said in an interview with Politico. "I wanted to be seen as being from Wisconsin."

Ribble also managed to raise more than twice what Wall did this cycle, earning more than $2.2 million compared to Wall's $1 million. Outside groups also spent more than $800,000 on the race, with more than half of that money directed against Wall, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Ribble won last Tuesday's election with more than 55 percent of the vote and Wall earned 45 percent. Ribble also attracted some ticket-splitters, garnering more votes in Brown County than the top of the Republican ticket, Mitt Romney: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012311110177

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy was also named as a successful freshman who used incumbency to his advantage.

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