U.S. House Democrats’ House Majority PAC is spending $102 million on ads to protect Dem seats this fall, including western Wisconsin’s 3rd CD, being vacated by Dem U.S. Rep. Ron Kind.

The initial buy includes $900,000 for the Wausau market, one of 50 markets the PAC is targeting. A House Majority PAC release says the initial ad reservations will prioritize “expensive and crowded markets.”

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report labeled the race as Republican leaning in a March 9 House ratings report. Kind, D-La Crosse, has held the 3rd CD seat since 1997.

Mike Berg, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Kind is retiring because he knew he couldn’t win back his seat.

“Whichever Pelosi puppet Democrats nominate in Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District will be held accountable for the inflation crisis, crimewave, and open borders policies Democrats have inflicted on our country,” Berg said in an email statement.

The NRCC has the 3rd CD race on its list of 72 targeted races ahead of the midterms.

Dems competing in an August primary are: state Sen. Brad Pfaff, of Onalaska; former CIA officer and Army Cpt. Deb McGrath; Eau Claire businesswoman Rebecca Cooke; Navy vet Brett Knudsen; and La Crosse City Council member Mark Neumann. Republican Derrick Van Orden, a former Navy SEAL, is running again for the seat.

See the House Majority PAC release here.

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