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Election Preview: Wisconsin U.S. Senate Race

Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson is squaring off against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in a bid to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is taking on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin for the chance to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate — taking the seat now held by Democrat Herb Kohl, who is retiring in January.

The race has drawn national attention and endorsements because Republicans have a shot to wrestle the seat away from Democrats. Depending on outcomes in other states, the November election could help give the GOP control of the Senate.

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Although Thompson was leading Baldwin after his August primary election win, the Madison congresswoman has been in the lead in the most recent polls.

In its analysis of the race, the nonpartisan RealClearPolitics.com says:

"Baldwin received quite a bump in the polls in the wake of the Democratic convention, and it seems to be sticking. What once looked like a probably GOP pickup is looking more and more like a Democratic hold."

U.S. senators serve six-year terms and earn $174,000 per year.

For Patch's complete coverage of the race so far, click here.

Candidate Profiles

  • Democrat Tammy Baldwin
  • Republican Tommy Thompson
Dr. Saul Funkhouser October 30, 2012 at 01:39 PM
She isn't going to win the entire state, she will win the Peoples Republic of Madistan and Moochwaukee County, thats it. Wisconsin voted in Johnson, Walker, Prosser and soon to be Romney/Ryan and Thompson.
Michael McClusky October 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
@Keith Best You're damn right!
GearHead October 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Lyle, what Best imparts is factual. Saying that adds nothing to the exchange means you have your head in the sand. Tastes awfully gritty, no? And yes, you are concerned about what is coming. Otherwise you wouldn't continue to write articles injecting predudice and racism everywhere you look, which are irrelevant to the facts on the ground. Is the only tool in your tool box a hammer? The article is about the upcoming Senate election. Thompson will win because of his demonstrated leadership. Baldwin will lose because of her nutty voting record. Nothing more, nothing less. In my view, much of what you contribute is noise, but such is in the eye of the beholder, right?
GearHead October 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Dr. is correct. Madison Socialists and Milwaukee moochers can't overcome the sane voters statewide. A good thing indeed.
CowDung October 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Can't we keep the Democrat talking points off the Patch as well?

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