Former Wisconsin Gov. Thompson Wins GOP Senate Bid

By: The AP
By: The AP

Thompson says 'Wisconsin is on a roll'


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former Gov. Tommy Thompson says his victory in the Republican Senate primary shows, "Wisconsin is on a roll."

   Thompson on Tuesday defeated businessman Eric Hovde, state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

   Based on preliminary results, Thompson won with 34 percent compared with 31 percent for Hovde.

   Thompson says he spoke with Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who was tapped Saturday to be Mitt Romney's running mate.

   Thompson says Ryan told him "we're taking the state back and we're going to take our country back."

   Thompson advances to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the Nov. 6 general election.

   The Senate seat is open due to the retirement of Democrat Herb Kohl.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has won the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat the party is trying to capture for the first time in more than five decades.

The ex-governor and Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush defeated three GOP rivals during Tuesday's primary.

It marked Thompson's first time on the ballot since 1998. He advances to face Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Nov. 6 election.

The seat became open following the retirement of Democrat Herb Kohl.

Millionaire hedge fund investor Eric Hovde, former

The win follows a blistering primary in which hedge fund investor Eric Hovde invested nearly $5 million of his own money into the race. U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald also sought the GOP nomination.

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