ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - Republican Congressional Candidate John Garske of River Falls polled the highest at the La Crosse County 2020 Pre-Caucus on Saturday.
Registered La Crosse County Republicans cast an early vote to determine who ranks highest for the fall primary election nomination.
The vote is an early prediction and confidence booster or motivator for 3rd District congressional hopefuls vying for Representative Ron Kind's seat at the next general election.
Garske polled highest at 61%, followed by Jessi Ebben of Eau Claire at 16%, then Derrick Van Orden at 13%. Tim Peters of Holmen got zero votes, and 10% of voters polled "undecided."
"My main message is that D.C. is broke," Garske said. "The career politicians in congress have shown us time and again, very recently with this impeachment sham, that it's time for a change. The district deserves better."
"This representative position is about prioritizing the people, their values and listening to them first and foremost, and what they need taken care of at that national level," Ebben said. "It's bringing it back to the people."
"The main message is it's really time to make a change in this district," Peters said. "Ron Kind has not been responsive to the wishes of this district for many years, so he really needs to go."
The Republican Nomination Primary Election is on August 11, so there is still time for candidates to fight for the spot. The selected GOP candidate will run against Democrat Rond Kind on November 3. Representative Kind has held the position since 1997.
The 3rd District represents 18 counties in Western Wisconsin.