(CNN) – Republican Sean Duffy, a former reality TV star, will win the GOP Congressional primary in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District, the AP projects.
Duffy, who resigned from his fourth term as Ashland County district attorney this summer, appeared on "The Real World: Boston" in 1997.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed the Republican candidate – and two-time champion professional lumberjack athlete – in February, calling Duffy a "brave soul" and "northern Wisconsin patriot."
He now faces Democrat Julie Lassa in the general election. The winner will succeed long-time Democratic Congressman David Obey, who announced his retirement May 5.
Duffy, 38, announced his candidacy in the northwestern Wisconsin district last year, before the 71-year-old Obey announced his retirement. Duffy characterized Obey as a top-spending Washington insider and has called for fiscal conservatism.
A non-partisan handicapper, The Cook Political Report, rates the race for Obey's seat as a toss-up. The district has generally leaned left, and was carried by then-Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race with 56 percent of the vote. President Bush barely lost the district in 2004, with 49 percent of the vote compared to 50 percent for John Kerry.
Duffy had other turns in front of TV cameras. He appeared on another MTV reality show, 1998’s “Road Rules: All Stars,” which also featured his future wife, Rachel Campos, herself a cast member of 1994’s “The Real World: San. Francisco.” A lumberjack athlete, Duffy also was a commentator on ESPN’s “Great Outdoor Games.”
Another “Real World” alum didn’t fare as well Tuesday. Kevin Powell, part of the first “Real World” cast in 1992 in New York, lost his second bid to beat longtime Rep. Edolphus Towns in the Democratic primary in New York’s 10th Congressional District, in Brooklyn.
- CNN’s Jason Hanna and Robert Yoon contributed to this report