Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden helped secure a win for the GOP in Wisconsin. Orden defeated Democrat state Sen. Braf Pfaff in the contest for the open seat. It was left vacant by retiring Rep. Ron Kind (D). Kind held the seat since 1997.
American Military News reports:
Van Orden led Pfaff by 4 points Tuesday afternoon with 96 percent of votes reported, according to results reported by the Associated Press.
Van Orden’s win and flip of a Democrat-held seat comes as Republicans are hopeful to flip control of the House of Representatives.
Van Orden won a district that has recently trended toward Republicans on the western border of Wisconsin, a state narrowly divided between Democrats and Republicans.
Van Orden joined the Navy when he was 18 and served 26 years before retiring as a senior chief in the SEALs, having been deployed into combat five times, according to his website. He was also one of several active-duty SEALs to appear in the 2012 film “Act of Valor.”
45th President Donald Trump endorsed Orden, a fervent supporter of Trump.
— Derrick Van Orden (@derrickvanorden) November 9, 2022