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Hovde, Thompson nearly tied in GOP Senate primary race
JS Online ^ | 7-11-12 | Craig Gilbert & Patrick marley

Posted on 07/11/2012 9:52:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson and wealthy political newcomer Eric Hovde are running neck and neck for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Wisconsin, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling.

Hovde leads Thompson 31% to 29% among people who say they plan to vote in the GOP Senate primary, followed by former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann at 15% and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald at 9%, with 16% undecided.

The Public Policy Polling survey shows a much tighter race than a poll last month by Marquette University Law School in which Thompson led Neumann and Hovde by double digits.

Hovde, a community banker and hedge fund manager, has heavily outspent the other Senate candidates so far.

Neumann unveiled his first ad Tuesday in the race for U.S. Senate and said in a news conference he'd like to see all the Republicans participate in more debates.

"I'd like to see a debate in every major media market," Neumann said. "That's the only way you offset all the other things in the race (from third-party groups)."

Two debates are planned before the Aug. 14 primary. The winner will face U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the only Democrat in the race.

Neumann's ad focuses on repealing the federal health care law that was upheld last month by the U.S. Supreme Court. Neumann is late to the airwaves; Thompson and Hovde issued their first ads weeks ago, though Fitzgerald has yet to run any. Neumann said he believed his ad strategy was the best one because he had preserved his cash for the final weeks of the campaign.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: conservative; fitzgerald; neumann; ussenate

From left: Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde

1 posted on 07/11/2012 9:52:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin ping: Senate Primary update

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


2 posted on 07/11/2012 9:53:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We don’t need anymore RINO’s like Tommy back in power; enough! I’ll vote for anybody else!


3 posted on 07/11/2012 9:54:38 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in theĀ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: STD

I’ve heard all of them speaking from the same platform. Tommy comes off as an angry old man yelling at us. Furthermore, he directly counters positions that he publically took as recently as 9 months ago. Added to the rest of his baggage, he would be my last choice.


4 posted on 07/11/2012 9:58:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

For Me
1. Hovde
2. Newman
3. Thompson
4. Fitzgerald (would be 2 or 3, but doesn’t even really seem to be running and he’s awesome in the State Congress, should stay there and help Walker)

Hovde & Johnson as our Senators would be awesome!


5 posted on 07/11/2012 10:06:24 AM PDT by acw011 (Great Goooogly Mooogly!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I like Neumann, but... he unilaterally disarmed in his Senate race against Feingold and ushered that filth into office. And now he seems to be in the full time business of losing primaries. If he wants to make a public policy difference, maybe an unelected position would be better, where he can accomplish some reform.

Thompson, of course, is Out.

6 posted on 07/11/2012 10:11:36 AM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: acw011
Fitzgerald (would be 2 or 3, but doesn’t even really seem to be running and he’s awesome in the State Congress, should stay there and help Walker)

FWIW, Fitzgerald will be resigning his position in Jan. whether he wins the Senate seat or not, so the desire to keep him in state politics is moot.

7 posted on 07/11/2012 10:48:23 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Are you breathing????? There's a tax for that.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Future headline on the Milwaukee Urinal:

TOMMY THE TWO-FISTED TIPPLER TANKS!

Tommy, for all youve done, here is a well deserved single finger salute.

8 posted on 07/11/2012 10:52:51 AM PDT by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Which one will beat the Democrat in the fall?


9 posted on 07/11/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

NO MORE POLITICIANS, VOTE HOVDE.


10 posted on 07/11/2012 11:02:53 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Old enough to remember when this was a Free Country)
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To: MrChips
Which one will beat the Democrat in the fall?

The most competent one. Hovde is more or less following Ron Johnson's spectacularly successful playbook. TT is, I think, a step or two - or three - slow. Fitzgerald has been quiet so far; wonder if he's decided he can't match Hovde's spending. Neumann would have been a US Senator already had he been a tough campaigner; repeated campaigns and rumored campaigns have lead to Neumann fatigue.

Ideologically, between Fitzgerald and Hovde, Fitzgerald has proven he's trustworthy with a strong public record, while Hovde does not have a record; it's up to the voter to decide if he's trustworthy.

11 posted on 07/11/2012 11:29:26 AM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: MrChips

Any one should defeat Baldwin. She’s left of Stalin.


12 posted on 07/11/2012 11:34:20 AM PDT by damncat
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To: All; afraidfortherepublic

I don’t know anything about Eric Hovde specifically but I will say, generally, BEWARE any “wealthy political newcomer.”


13 posted on 07/11/2012 11:43:58 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey

You mean like Wisconsin’s other Senator, Ron Johnson ?


14 posted on 07/11/2012 3:46:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: newzjunkey

Hovde is not a newcomer; he just made his money elsewhere. He was born and raised in WI.


15 posted on 07/11/2012 4:01:30 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: MrChips

I think any of them can beat the Dem.


16 posted on 07/11/2012 4:03:45 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; newzjunkey
It's a fair point - I like private citizens running for office, but it's reassuring when a candidate has a public record of consistent conservatism, not just rhetoric.

I find the easiest way is to talk to the candidate - you can usually tell the genuine article in person.

17 posted on 07/11/2012 6:20:53 PM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Go Hovde.


18 posted on 07/11/2012 6:25:13 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: Skulllspitter

That’s true as well.


19 posted on 07/11/2012 6:45:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Impy; Diana in Wisconsin; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; BlackElk; EternalVigilance; ..

I was frankly shocked to see that photograph of Tommy Thompson. He REALLY looks old and I think that combined with his erratic behavior (senility ?) could seriously undermine his candidacy in the general.


20 posted on 07/11/2012 6:48:24 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

With 4 or 5 weeks to go, can you imagine TT’s numbers going UP for any reason? Dinosaurs do not have a good electoral record, certainly not recently. Terry Branstad is the best counter example, but he was returning to the governorship, which is a different kind of race. Angus King is in good shape but he didn’t have to compete in a moonbat primary with Chellie Pingree or whoever; it’s doubtful they will check his pulse prior to the election.


21 posted on 07/11/2012 7:07:05 PM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: Skulllspitter

Our best candidate would’ve been Paul Ryan, but the reason why he isn’t running is because he’d be giving up an important and powerful House committee chairmanship to be a backbencher in the Senate. Thompson should’ve run for this Senate seat in 1994 against Kohl when he was at the height of his popularity as Governor (end of his 2nd term) and he would’ve been wrapping up his 3rd term now (and probably retiring). His running now just makes no sense, especially when it’s pretty clear he is well past his prime. Even if he wins, he’s likely to be just a one-termer, and hence won’t be able to get much done (and making himself an instant lame duck), presuming he survives a single term given the rigors of DC. His younger brother Ed (a politico in his own right) died recently, if that is any indication.


22 posted on 07/11/2012 7:30:47 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; newzjunkey; Diana in Wisconsin; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; ...

I looks like he stopped dying his hair. Otherwise I don’t see the big deal with his appearance.

I haven’t heard about any erratic behavior. What’s up with that?


23 posted on 07/11/2012 8:45:17 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Thunder90

I hope Hovde can be another Ron Johnson because he sure looks like he will win the nomination. Baldwin is a social sideshow freak.


24 posted on 07/11/2012 10:34:14 PM PDT by BlackElk (Viva Cristo Rey! Tom Hoefling for POTUS! Viva Cristo Rey!)
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