The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning with regards to Tom Nelson's victory in tonight's 8th Congressional District Debate: 

"Tonight, voters saw firsthand that Tom Nelson is the only candidate in the race for the 8th Congressional District who will put hard-working, middle-class families first. He supports protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicaid. In Washington, Tom will fight to keep well-paying jobs in Wisconsin and protect them from being shipped overseas. On the other hand, Mike Gallagher will focus on prioritizing the needs of the ultra-wealthy and his corporate friends who line his campaign coffers.

"If that weren't troubling enough, tonight Gallagher doubled-down on being Northeast Wisconsin's biggest supporter of the dangerous and divisive candidacy of Donald Trump. Unfortunately for the people of the 8th Congressional District, Gallagher continues to endorse a candidate who has a record of growing his wealth on the backs of hard-working families, who's proposed dangerous policy, and fans the flames hate with divisive rhetoric. It seems like there is no line Trump can cross to make Mike Gallagher withdraw his endorsement."