Frenette Drops Out of Wisconsin Congressional Race

Kyle Frenette has dropped out of northwestern Wisconsin's congressional race. Kyle Frenette has dropped out of northwestern Wisconsin's congressional race. |  Photo: Frenette campaign

Created: May 25, 2018 02:13 PM

Kyle Frenette, one of several Democrats vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) this fall, has dropped out of the race.

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Frenette, the manager of indie folk band Bon Iver, had been in the race since February.  He released a statement Friday saying it is not his time.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances in my life, I will not be able to continue giving this campaign and the people of the 7th district the time and attention they deserve. There are a number of other great candidates in the race who are ready to represent the district. I look forward to supporting whoever prevails in the August Primary," Frenette wrote.

At least five Democrats remain in the race: David Beeksma, Margaret Engebretson, Brian Ewert, Bob Look, and Dennis Paulaha.  No candidates have emerged to challenge Duffy in the Republican primary.

Duffy won the 7th District seat in 2010 after the retirement of longtime Democratic Rep. Dave Obey. The 7th District covers all or part of 26 counties in northern and central Wisconsin, including the cities of Superior, Ashland, Hudson, Wausau, and Rhinelander.

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