LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- 3rd District Democratic Rep. Ron Kind wins his ninth straight term representing southwest Wisconsin.
Kind defeated Republican Ray Boland on Tuesday in the 3rd District, which covers the La Crosse area.
With slightly more than half of the precincts reporting, Kind held a 64% to 36% lead.
A Harvard-educated former prosecutor, Kind has led efforts in Congress to reduce farm subsidies and sits on the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
Considered a moderate, Kind's name was mentioned as Democrats looked for a candidate to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker during this year's recall elections.
The 49-year-old Kind had a large cash advantage during his congressional campaign, having raised about $1.9 million compared to Boland's $108,000 as of mid-October.
But he said, while he was honored to be representing the 3rd District yet again, he is also anxious to get back to work during the upcoming "lame duck" session with the current Congress.
"We've got a farm bill still hanging out there. Our farmers need a five year farm bill so they know what to expect, and we've also got provisions that need constant attention," Kind said. "It's a very short period of time, so I'm hoping we make progress during that period and hopefully get off to a good start."
"Hopefully with the President's re-election tonight, my Republican colleagues will be willing to hit the reset button and give him a second chance," he said.
Kind also said he hopes the Federal Government will reach a long term solution regarding the so-called "fiscal cliff" which will trigger $600 billion in automatic spending cuts on January 1, 2013 if not resolved before then.
"I think automatic cuts are a lousy way to run a country," Kind said. "We should be wise enough to know what programs we can get rid of. There are a lot of inefficiencies within the Federal Government."
Boland is a retired colonel and Wisconsin's former Secretary of Veteran Affairs. He served in state government until 2003.
"It's been a positive experience but we knew from the beginning that it was a long shot situation," Boland said at his election party in Sparta. "We all know that defeating incumbents is a very difficult thing to do and that's what we were up against in this race."
As results came in, Boland had some words on how to reduce partisanship in Congress.
"They're bouncing around the board between many different things," Boland said. "If they'd say, 'Okay, our number one mission is balance the budget,' then I think everyone can sit down, roll up their sleeves and start working on it. But that takes leadership at the top. If we don't have leadership at the to that sets a straight course and defines a mission that everyone can work on, then it doesn't happen and I think that's where we are. It's just kind of wheels spinning cause there is no clear cut course."
Boland said he will not run for the 3rd district seat again.
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