Real World congressional candidates: Sean Duffy wins, Kevin Powell loses

Of the two former The Real World cast members who are running for Congress, one won yesterday and the other lost. Sean Duffy won the Republican primary in his Wisconsin district, while Kevin Powell lost his primary in Brooklyn.

The Real World Boston star Sean–who still has to defend his actions on the show with his current conservative, “pro-traditional-marriage” campaign–easily beat his opponent. Ashland Daily Press reports that he had “a 2-to-1 victory over his Republican opponent, Rudolph farmer Dan Mielke. Duffy had more than 37,000 votes, compared to about 19,000 for Mielke.” Upcoming TLC reality star Sarah Palin “endorsed the Republican candidate — and two-time champion professional lumberjack athlete — in February, calling Duffy a ‘brave soul’ and ‘northern Wisconsin patriot,” CNN reports.

The Brooklyn Paper reports that Kevin got 33 percent of the vote compared to incumbent Ed Towns’ 66 percent, noting that he “he has never generated traction among voters” and “ran into trouble during the campaign when it was revealed that he owes more than $600,000 in back taxes.” Kevin said he’d run again in 2012.

Earlier, the show’s creator, Jon Murray, told The Daily Beast in a story about reality stars running for Congress that “There’s a lot of things that I think about The Real World that I think would help someone eventually if they decide to run for government. I think the very nature of being in a house with six other very different people than yourself and having to get beyond the very obvious differences between us and see people for who they are. I think [that] makes you a better person. So I think it is great preparation for someone who wants to be in government and who wants to represent all the people in the district.”

It’s Duffy vs. Lassa in campaign for Obey’s seat [Ashland Daily Press]
Real World star wins Wisconsin primary [CNN]
No surprises at all in local primaries [Brooklyn Paper]
Reality Stars for Congress [Daily Beast]

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