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Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race

It was a tight race throughout the evening, but Wisconsin voters chose to go with a familiar face to challenge U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in November.

There was only one thing certain heading into the U.S. Senate Republican primary election Tuesday — and it was that nothing was certain.

Throughout the state’s five elections this year, perhaps no election gave voters such a perplexing choice as the four GOP candidates for U.S. Senate. Every candidate received an endorsement of some sort, and a clear favorite never emerged.

But by the end of the night, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson did something he had done many times before — win an election.

Final unofficial results from the Associated Press show that Thompson posted a 3 percentage-point victory over his top rival, hedge fund manager and businessman Eric Hovde. Finishing in the second tier were state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald; and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

Thompson will carry the GOP torch in November and take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin for a crucial Senate seat that could swing the balance of control in Washington, D.C.

"We have always in America promised our children and our grandchildren that we will give them a country that is stronger, more free, and fairer than what we had," Thompson told supporters at his victory party at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. "For the first time, I don't think we can fulfill that promise unless we take our country back."

Thompson garnered 34 percent of the vote, while Hovde took 31 percent. Neumann and Fitzgerald rounded out the field, collecting 23 percent and 12 percent of the vote respectively.

'We're Taking Our Country Back'

“We have a moral responsibility to stand up, be counted, and solve the problems of America. We are proud Americans,” Thompson told his supporters. “Every single one of you are here tonight because you believe in America. You believe in the process. You believe in Wisconsin. We’re taking our country back, and we are going to win in November!”

Polls are varied for the Nov. 6 election that will pit Thompson against Baldwin. released last week gave Thompson a 5-point edge over Baldwin, but a Quinnipiac University poll released about the same time shows the two locked in a dead heat.

On Tuesday, Baldwin immediately released a statement framing the November contest against Thompson as a battle for the future of the middle class.

"Tonight, the Republican primary electorate presented Wisconsin voters with a clear choice for the November election. Make no mistake; Tommy Thompson will stand with those who already have too much power and influence in Washington,” Baldwin said. “I will fight to do what's right for the middle class and Thompson will put those at the very top and the big monied special interests in Washington ahead of Wisconsin's hard working families.”

Four, Three, Two, One and It’s Thompson

As the night progressed and election results trickled in, Thompson's competitors bowed out of the race in the same order they stacked up in the last Marquette University poll to come out before the election.

Fitzgerald was the first to concede in the race from his party in West Bend. Next, it was Neumann who conceded. Though Neumann finished well behind Thompson and Hovde, he gave an upbeat concession speech, endorsing Thompson in the race against Baldwin.

“We absolutely have to have Tommy Thompson beat Tammy Baldwin this fall,” Neumann said during his brief, but lively, concession speech. He vowed to support his fellow Republicans in the general election, urging the crowd to do the same.

“Will each of you join Sue and I and our family in doing everything that we can in our power to right this nation?” Neumann asked. He was answered by raucous calls of agreement from his supporters.

At roughly 10:30 p.m., Hovde was the final candidate to surrender and called Thompson to tell him to, “Take it to Tammy.”

"This was never about me, or a political career. I was just some guy that got sick of yelling at the TV,” Hovde said during his party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. "You can never say never, but the likelihood of me returning to politics is slim. I'm a big boy, and I have a company to return to, friends I would like to see and a family that would like to have me home more often in the evening."

Hovde said he would continue to work to defeat Baldwin because saying, “She just cannot win in November."

Bernard Forand August 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
@ lolo peeg also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "With America's tax policy on the rich, and Obama's proposed tax policy, if I had any money I'd be stashing it offshore as well. I am not rich but I hope to be someday, and if I am, "I will build it," not 'govmint'. I prefer Ryan's plan, end the loopholes." Hope your employment is well secured. That you will survive and profit even when the consumers dry up for your products because their were not as fortunate as you. No consumer no business. Simple as that. Why be concern about consumers? Well this might have something to do with it, an excerpt of Ryan’s plan; His economic plan would cost America 1 million jobs in the first year. Ryan's proposed budget would cripple the economy. He'd slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014.1 "Ryan's Budget, Robin Hood in reverse," Economic Policy Institute http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278939&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=4 Page 1 to be continued…
Bernard Forand August 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Page 2 from continue page 1 How about women’s rights,He's an anti-choice extremist. Ryan co-sponsored an extremist anti-choice bill, nicknamed the 'Let Women Die Act,' that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care even if their lives were at risk. And he co-sponsored another bill that would criminalize some forms of birth control, all abortions, and in vitro fertilization Statement on Mitt Romney's Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan for His Vice-Presidential Running Mate," NARAL, August 11, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278694&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=8 "Paul Ryan's Extreme Abortion Views," The Daily Beast, August 11, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278695&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=10 "Paul Ryan Sponsored Fetal Personhood Bill, Opposes Family Planning Funds," Huffington Post, August 11, 2012 Theres more if you like some more
lolo peeg August 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
You expect me to accept moveon.org as evidence or proof? They are simply not trustworthy or reliable. I oppose abortion, a woman does not have the right to take an innocent life. Right now we have "Robin Hood" in the form of Obama, its time to reverse the pendulum.
Bernard Forand August 20, 2012 at 01:33 AM
lolo peeg "Does it matter that Solyndra is only $500 million. This company was not worth a dime of taxpayers money to produce solar arrays." Solyndra keeps popping up here and there. I fail to comprehend the hype that is associated to it. It was a failed investment. Get over it. How many failures have the oil , coal and nuclear energy sectors have per year at what cost to taxpayers and consumers for their failures. there are always stumblings over obstacles on a quest. Consider a giant Christmas tree; As you string out the lights for decoration can you predict which one’s will not survive the installment or the season? Think not. Obama was correct in investing in the vast spectrum of Alternative Energy. Not focusing on one or two companies. R&D was his principle approach with some to immediate supply. A123 of Mass. For their fresh innovations on batteries. Johnson batteries for their historical growth of multi factories. Just a couple of examples of diversification. Universities stimulated to support Green innovation. That is starting to pay off as well with so many new experiments that will increase Alternative efficiencies from 100% to some as much as 1,000% hint {Nano} Why even the oil companies realize it. Notice for the last 2 or 3 decades no new refiners being built for the future. They also have invested in the R&D side of the equation to produce blossoming Green Energy. Focusing on when we stubbed our toe is juvenile and of little merit.
Bernard Forand August 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
@ lolo peeg also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "Does it matter that Solyndra is only $500 million. This company was not worth a dime of taxpayers money to produce solar arrays." Cutting and pasting are yee. No relevance to your comments just another troll wasting life. Delete will be your faith hence forth; http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...

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