Baldwin, Thompson Make Final Pitch to Wausau Voters Monday

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Bringing pizza and a smile to the Labor Temple in Wausau, U.S. Senate hopeful Tammy Baldwin thanked volunteers for all of their hard work.

"Dig even deeper, if that's possible," Baldwin asked the crowd of around 50 to do in the final hours before polls close tomorrow.

"North central Wis. voters have a long tradition of high voter participation," Baldwin said. "Many of the outcomes of recent statewide elections have been determined right here. And that's why I'm here."

Baldwin was joined by former U.S. Representative Dave Obey-7th District, and Sen. Herb Kohl, who is not seeking reelection. They all emphasized just how much is at stake in this race.

"This election certainly determines whether we have a U.S. senator who is going to go there and fight for the middle class, and the hard working people in this state, or who's with the special interest," Baldwin said. "And these interests couldn't be a more important to choice to the voters."

Wausau was just one of many campaign stops Monday for the seven-term congresswoman from Madison.

"I'm feeling very excited and feeling like we're in a really solid place before heading into election day," she said.

Recent polls show Baldwin leads her Republican challenger Tommy Thompson by more than two percentage points. But Thompson says those numbers aren't reflective of all of the people he meets on the road, "And the enthusiasm of the people, the crowds that are growing and expanding," Thompson said. "I believe that we're going to have a tremendous victory tomorrow."

At a tour of the Schofield metal manufacturing company, Norlen Manufacturing, Thompson called the bitter race between Baldwin, unfortunate, but blamed his opponent for starting the attacks. Gov. Scott Walker, who accompanied Thompson on the stop, also noted the former Wis. governor's experience in creating jobs and working across party lines.

"I want to change the direction of our government," Thompson said. "I want us to become bipartisan, and solve the problems of America. We need to chart a new direction with Gov. Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan."

Thompson will be joining VP candidate Ryan at a late night rally in Milwaukee Monday at 10 p.m.

Baldwin says she will reach out to student voters tomorrow on the UW-Madison campus.

Whoever wins the election will make history. If it's Baldwin, she will be the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Wis. and the first openly gay politician elected to the Senate. If it's Thompson, Wis. will have two Republican senators for the first time since the 1950s.

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