Former MTV Real World Star Wins Wisconsin Race For Congress


Nov. 3 2010, Published 12:27 p.m. ET

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Don't worry, it's not Puck.

Republican Sean Duffy - who appeared on The Real World: Boston back in 1997 - won election to the U.S. House Of Representatives on Tuesday in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District, which includes all or part of 20 central and northwestern Wisconsin counties.

Duffy - a conservative and former district attorney - easily defeated his Democratic challenger, state senator Julie Lassa.

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After the AP declared him the winner, Duffy thanked supporters at his victory party shortly before midnight. "What a great night in Wisconsin," Duffy said.

Duffy succeeds long-time Democratic Congressman David Obey, 71, who announced his retirement May 5.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Duffy, 38, back in February, calling him a "brave soul" and "northern Wisconsin patriot."

In addition to The Real World: Boston, Duffy appeared on another MTV reality show, 1998's Road Rules: All Stars, which also featured his future wife, Rachel Campos, who appeared on The Real World: San Francisco in 1994. The couple now has six children. Duffy, a lumberjack athlete, also was a commentator on ESPN's Great Outdoor Games.

Syrus Yarbrough, one of Duffy's housemates on The Real World: Boston, congratulated Duffy on his victory. "Sean from my season of The Real World Boston is now a US Congressman!" he wrote on Twitter. "Congrats my brotha!"


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