ELECTION AUTHORITY: GOP Candidates for U.S. Senate Campaign in Wausau

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

One of the most important races for Tuesday's partisan primary is for the U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI).

Four republicans are on the ticket, with the winner facing U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-2nd District).

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and businessman Eric Hovde stopped in Wausau Monday afternoon.

State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, also running in Tuesday's primary, did not make the trip to our area today, but was spotted in Green Bay.

The Senate race was overshadowed earlier this year by the recall campaign against Gov. Scott Walker. Then, with Gov. Mitt Romney's announcement that U.S. Paul Ryan is his running mate, the political scene blew up.

The Senate candidates know there's little time to get voters focused on them.

"We're really here to remind all the folks that are voting for us to show up tomorrow, we appreciate the people who are coming home to the proven conservative in this race," said Mark Neumann.

Eric Hovde, a hedge fund manager and businessman from Madison, is hopeful he's gotten his message across.

"I'm very confident. Look, the polls have been showing now for about a month that I'm tracking two or three percent ahead of the other candidates," Hovde said.

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson says his record will give him the edge in Tuesday's election.

"I am the conservative that can get elected, I've done it five times and I know I can win and I know I can help Paul Ryan and Gov. Romney turn this country around," Thompson said.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, who's behind the other candidates in the polls, says things are looking up for his campaign.

"I feel good, we've been on an upward trend for the last three weeks or so and that's where you wanna be in a campaign is on an upward trend," Fitzgerald said.

The seat up for grabs is available after Sen. Kohl announced he would not seek re-election in May of 2011.

The Senate seat has been in democratic hands since 1957.

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