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The Latest: Tiffany poised to launch run for Congress

September 9, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on candidates for two open Wisconsin congressional seats (all times local):

9:22 a.m.

A Republican state senator is poised to enter the race for Congress in northern Wisconsin to replace Rep. Sean Duffy, who is resigning in two weeks.

Sen. Tom Tiffany said Monday he will make a “special announcement” Tuesday about the 7th Congressional District race. Tiffany plans seven stops across the district over two days.

Meanwhile, fellow Republican state Sen. Jerry Petrowski says he will not run to replace Duffy. A number of other Republicans and Democrats were still weighing potential bids.

Gov. Tony Evers has yet to announce the dates for a special election.

Also, in suburban Milwaukee’s 5th Congressional District, state Sen. Dale Kooyenga says he will not run. He was among those weighing a bid to replace the retiring Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. That election will be in November 2020.

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8:22 a.m.

Two Republican state senators considering bids for a pair of open Wisconsin congressional seats have decided against running.

State Sen. Jerry Petrowski, of Marathon, said Monday he won’t run in northern Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District to replace Republican Rep. Sean Duffy. And state Sen. Dale Kooyenga, of Brookfield, says he won’t run in suburban Milwaukee’s 5th Congressional District to replace Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

Duffy is resigning on Sept. 23 to be with his family ahead of the birth of his ninth child. Sensenbrenner won’t run for re-election next year.

Petrowski says in a statement that while he would “relish the chance to overcome the constant gridlock in Washington,” he believes he can have a greater impact remaining in the state Senate.

Kooyenga also says he feels he can best serve by remaining in the state Senate.

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