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GOP candidates raise campaign cash for 6th district primary

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Two state lawmakers have each raised over $300,000 to try and win Wisconsin's only open U-S House seat this fall. Campaign reports filed yesterday show that state Assembly Republican Duey Stroebel of Saukville raised $368,000 from April through June -- and all but $27,000 came from his own pocket. Senate Republican Joe Leibham (ly'-bmm) of Sheboygan raised about $303,000.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend raised about half as much as the others, and he put in about $10,000 of his own money. Grothman was the first to join the race, before incumbent Tom Petri of Fond du Lac said he would retire.

The lone Democrat in the race, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, raised around $37,000. Leibham had $277,000 on hand as of June 30th -- Strobel $176,000 -- Grothman $70,000 -- and Harris $27,000.

The Republicans are squaring off in an August 12th primary. Leibham said he was "honored and humbled" by the support he has received from residents of the Sixth Congressional District. Strobel defended using his own cash by saying, "I'm willing to spend my own money in an effort to stop Washington D-C from spending all of yours."