The two top candidates in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District could face some fundraising difficulties, with a recount likely in the race.
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) came out on top in Tuesday’s primary, but only leads state Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) by 214 votes. While party officials say they expect the candidates will continue to prepare for November, UW-Oshkosh Professor Jim Simmons says it could be difficult for them to campaign and fundraise until the election is wrapped up.
Leibham has not yet said if he will request a recount, although the margin of Grothman’s victory is currently small enough that he could ask for one at no cost to his campaign.
Simmons notes that both Grothman and Leibham spent a lot of money during the primary, which had four candidates vying for the nomination to replace outgoing U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI). He says they are likely tapped out for the time being, and money from donors and third party groups will probably be limited until a recount is completed.
The winner of the race will face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, the Democratic nominee.