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Holmen native Knudsen 1st Democrat to leave 3rd District House race, citing low funding

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One Democratic candidate for the 3rd District Congressional seat has left the race, four months before the primary. 

Brett Knudsen has posted a Facebook message saying he’s withdrawing as a candidate, because most of the spending for his campaign has come from his personal funding. 

Knudsen, who lives in Holmen, launched his campaign last October, a few weeks after incumbent Democrat Ron Kind announced he would retire at the end of his term. 

In his Facebook message, Knudsen said “agitation and education” are needed for our future, and to address the needs of workers. 

His departure leaves four Democratic candidates and one Republicans in the 3rd District contest. 

Winners of the party primaries in August will move on to the November election.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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