The U.S. House GOP-endorsed Congressional Leadership Fund announced it will spend $125 million on ads to flip districts red come November, including in western Wisconsin’s 3rd CD.

Dem U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, of La Crosse, is vacating the seat he has held since 1997. The slate of ad reservations includes includes $390,000 in the La Crosse-Eau Claire market and $333,000 in Wausau. Last month, U.S. Dems’ House Majority PAC announced it will spend $780,000 in the La Crosse market — double the amount Republicans announced Thursday.

Republican Derrick Van Orden is running again for the seat after a failed bid against Kind in 2020. The former Navy SEAL came in with 48.64 percent of the vote, behind Kind’s 51.3 percent.

Dems in the race include: state Sen. Brad Pfaff, of Onalaska; former CIA officer and Army Capt. Deb McGrath; Eau Claire businesswoman Rebecca Cooke; and La Crosse City Council member Mark Neumann.

The Congressional Leadership PAC also announced $900,000 for the Wausau market in the 7th CD U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany represents. The Minocqua Republican this week said he would run for reelection.

The announcement follows the National Journal this week listing western Wisconsin’s 3rd CD as the No. 1 House seat most likely to flip party control this fall.

See the Congressional Leadership Fund release here.

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