Skip to comments.Hovde, Thompson nearly tied in GOP Senate primary race
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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From left: Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde
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We don’t need anymore RINO’s like Tommy back in power; enough! I’ll vote for anybody else!
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. 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!
Thompson, of course, is Out.
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.
TOMMY THE TWO-FISTED TIPPLER TANKS!
Tommy, for all youve done, here is a well deserved single finger salute.
Which one will beat the Democrat in the fall?
NO MORE POLITICIANS, VOTE HOVDE.
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.
Any one should defeat Baldwin. She’s left of Stalin.
I don’t know anything about Eric Hovde specifically but I will say, generally, BEWARE any “wealthy political newcomer.”
You mean like Wisconsin’s other Senator, Ron Johnson ?
Hovde is not a newcomer; he just made his money elsewhere. He was born and raised in WI.
I think any of them can beat the Dem.
I find the easiest way is to talk to the candidate - you can usually tell the genuine article in person.
That’s true as well.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I hope Hovde can be another Ron Johnson because he sure looks like he will win the nomination. Baldwin is a social sideshow freak.
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