Republican Tom Tiffany won Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District Tuesday, beating out Democrat Tricia Zunker.
Tiffany, who won with 57 percent of the vote, had the advantage of support from President Donald Trump in the heavily-Republican district. The district covers the rural Northwestern portion of the state as well as Twin Cities suburb Hudson. It voted for Trump in 2016 by more than 16 points.
“Throughout this campaign, one thing was made resounding clear: the people of our district was a strong, experienced voice who will take some Northwoods commonsense to Washington D.C. Someone who will work with President Trump to get our families safely through these rough times and back to prosperity,” Tiffany said in a statement.
The special election came after the seat’s incumbent, Republican Sean Duffy, left the seat in September.
Wisconsin’s presidential primary was the subject of controversy last month when the state’s Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’s decision to delay the election due to COVID-19 concerns.
While Evers did not call for a delay of the special election, county clerks were provided with personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies, with National Guard members activated to assist. Tens of thousands of voters also took advantage of absentee voting.
Tiffany currently serves as a Wisconsin state senator. Formerly the owner of a cruise company, he’s advocated for pro-gun and anti-abortion policies.