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Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race

It was a tight race throughout the evening, but Wisconsin voters chose to go with a familiar face to challenge U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in November.

There was only one thing certain heading into the U.S. Senate Republican primary election Tuesday — and it was that nothing was certain.

Throughout the state’s five elections this year, perhaps no election gave voters such a perplexing choice as the four GOP candidates for U.S. Senate. Every candidate received an endorsement of some sort, and a clear favorite never emerged.

But by the end of the night, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson did something he had done many times before — win an election.

Final unofficial results from the Associated Press show that Thompson posted a 3 percentage-point victory over his top rival, hedge fund manager and businessman Eric Hovde. Finishing in the second tier were state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald; and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

Thompson will carry the GOP torch in November and take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin for a crucial Senate seat that could swing the balance of control in Washington, D.C.

"We have always in America promised our children and our grandchildren that we will give them a country that is stronger, more free, and fairer than what we had," Thompson told supporters at his victory party at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. "For the first time, I don't think we can fulfill that promise unless we take our country back."

Thompson garnered 34 percent of the vote, while Hovde took 31 percent. Neumann and Fitzgerald rounded out the field, collecting 23 percent and 12 percent of the vote respectively.

'We're Taking Our Country Back'

“We have a moral responsibility to stand up, be counted, and solve the problems of America. We are proud Americans,” Thompson told his supporters. “Every single one of you are here tonight because you believe in America. You believe in the process. You believe in Wisconsin. We’re taking our country back, and we are going to win in November!”

Polls are varied for the Nov. 6 election that will pit Thompson against Baldwin. released last week gave Thompson a 5-point edge over Baldwin, but a Quinnipiac University poll released about the same time shows the two locked in a dead heat.

On Tuesday, Baldwin immediately released a statement framing the November contest against Thompson as a battle for the future of the middle class.

"Tonight, the Republican primary electorate presented Wisconsin voters with a clear choice for the November election. Make no mistake; Tommy Thompson will stand with those who already have too much power and influence in Washington,” Baldwin said. “I will fight to do what's right for the middle class and Thompson will put those at the very top and the big monied special interests in Washington ahead of Wisconsin's hard working families.”

Four, Three, Two, One and It’s Thompson

As the night progressed and election results trickled in, Thompson's competitors bowed out of the race in the same order they stacked up in the last Marquette University poll to come out before the election.

Fitzgerald was the first to concede in the race from his party in West Bend. Next, it was Neumann who conceded. Though Neumann finished well behind Thompson and Hovde, he gave an upbeat concession speech, endorsing Thompson in the race against Baldwin.

“We absolutely have to have Tommy Thompson beat Tammy Baldwin this fall,” Neumann said during his brief, but lively, concession speech. He vowed to support his fellow Republicans in the general election, urging the crowd to do the same.

“Will each of you join Sue and I and our family in doing everything that we can in our power to right this nation?” Neumann asked. He was answered by raucous calls of agreement from his supporters.

At roughly 10:30 p.m., Hovde was the final candidate to surrender and called Thompson to tell him to, “Take it to Tammy.”

"This was never about me, or a political career. I was just some guy that got sick of yelling at the TV,” Hovde said during his party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. "You can never say never, but the likelihood of me returning to politics is slim. I'm a big boy, and I have a company to return to, friends I would like to see and a family that would like to have me home more often in the evening."

Hovde said he would continue to work to defeat Baldwin because saying, “She just cannot win in November."

Bernard Forand August 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
@ The Anti-Alinsky also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. As to the 431 billion was that added to Obamas expenditures for Bush? " What Obama's expenditure for Bush. If Obama spent the 431 billion tarp does the debt of the tarp go to Obama or does Bush own up to it. Now 431 Billion minus 750 Billion {full tarp garnished from unappropriated taxes leaves us with 319 billion for Bush. How did he spend that without it showing up on your million dollar charts? How is it the 3 Trillion 791 Billion of unappropriated taxes, does not show up on charts? No spending involved? Mere millions in increase in spending. Good grief how much was he spending? Perhaps its because it is a separate expenditures from the unappropriated Taxes. Two different ledgers. Like I said the total debt to GDP is the more accurate measurement of debt incurred. Oh by the way identify Obama’s numbers from Busch would help. As for us I’ll go with Politifacts. Mine numbers come very close to their numbers. Yours are to vague as to what they actually represent. So with that in mind one more time. Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/
morninmist August 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
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The Anti-Alinsky August 18, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Bernie, you keep sounding like you are taking every third word from Paul Krugman's "New Economy". "Explain how by increasing expenditures to Tarp by extending produces, 1.75% decrease? " I didn't say Barack Hussein Obama increased expenditure to TARP. TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) was a one-time expenditure to bail out financial institutions. It was passed in late 2008 and implemented primarily in 2009. This artificially increased the 2009 budget by that 431 BILLION! Now Obama comes along, and decided to increase spending by 473 BILLION compared to the 2008 budget. But, because we had that artificial bump in 2009, it appears like he is spending 85 BILLION less. Compare this to buying a car. Let's say you keep your annual expenses about the same every year. One year you buy a new car for $50,000. You've artificially bumped your spending by that amount. The next year you decides to eat prime rib once a week, eat lunch out instead of brown bagging it, get DirectTV's premium service instead of Time-Warner's basic service, go with Road Runner instead of dial up and increase your insurance coverage. You are now spending $20,000 more per year than the usual, but because of the new car purchase, you are spending $30,000 less than the previous year. You haven't cut your expenses, just used an new contrived baseline. PS, clean up your charts so we can read them. Like your posts, they make no sense as they are!
AWD August 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
So now we have 83 year old female Progressives/Nun's on the Bus types spitting in the faces of Romney supporters. I wonder if Keith would spit in my face if I told him to 'zip it’? Looks like the Progressives are becoming unhinged.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 18, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I am just glad some right wing nut did not pull a .45 and blast the upset old lady.
Bernard Forand August 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
@ The Anti-Alinsky Have given you hints all along the way, hoping you could figure it out your self. So lets simplify it for you. Your numbers are increase to spending and their % to increase in spending. Lets round off the numbers. Obama’s increase to spending is from a 1.2 Trillion deficit. Round off to 1 Bush is 3 Trillion 791 billion round off to 4. Now Example; Bernie spends 1 today Anti spends 4. Increase to spending is 0. Next day Bernie spends 2 . Antie spend 5. Now Bernie,s spending to increase is 100% Anti’s Spending is 25% getting the drift. Now who actually spent more. Bernie spent 2. Anti spent 5. Now Bernie spends 3. Anti spends 6. Now Bernie’s increase to spending is 30% Anti’s spending is at 20% Now who spent more Bernie spent 3 Anti spent 6. This is what ,one has to watch for, when dealing with percentages. That’s why they buried it in the files. Its seldom of any use other than a curiosity. That is why I went to expenditures to debt of GDP. That is why my numbers compliments the politifacts numbers and yours are no more than an exercise in % spending increase from two different points of base expenditure. Factor in inflation and you may find your 1.75% decrease to spending for Obama. Debt incurred to GDP is more accurate as it combines most of all factors for unappropriated taxes. This does not take into account the monies that republicans took from S.S. and the loan from China.
Bernard Forand August 18, 2012 at 04:04 PM
@ The Anti-Alinsky also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "Bernie, some advice for you: " Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son." Dean Vernon Wormer, Animal House 1978" Good advice right back at you… We need to get our House in order if we are to progress. Time to clean up all that Tea Partying First mess, that the republicans have spilled all over our House floor. Perhaps with a frugal president “Yes We Can”… Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/
Bernard Forand August 18, 2012 at 04:11 PM
@ Bewildered also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "Anyone else think Bernie's hero is Bernie? After this string, his thesaurus must be dog eared . Oh yea, incumbent refers to one running for reelection, not one who is running for a totally new office. With your logic, that would have made Obama the incumbent in the last presidential election. Again, duh. Can't wait for Bernie's 25 responses to this." LOL was illustrating what bumper stickers can do to the validity of the context. Similar tactic of Fox. Got it from them. Did you enjoy it? Sorry for the wait. Have a few other sites, to attend to, as well as this one. Keeps me busy.
The Anti-Alinsky August 18, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Well since you repeat your ridiculaous link again, I post my data again (once again from the same source on the White House website http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist.pdf ) YEAR ------ TOTAL SPENT ---% INCREASE ----------------(in millions) 2008 ..........2,982,544 .............9.30% (last year of Bush) 2009 ..........3,517,677 ...........17.94% (transition budget with TARP) 2010 ..........3,456,213 ............-1.75% (first Obama budget) (still higher than 2008 by 15.88%) 2011 ..........3,603,061 .............4.25% 2012 ..........3,795,547 .............5.34% (estimate) by the way, the phrase (in millions) means you take all those numbers and multiply them a million to get the actual number.
The Anti-Alinsky August 18, 2012 at 06:40 PM
So which set of candidates do you really trust to get our fiscal house in order, the one that has increased spending by 27.26% in four years, of the one that has run a business and has a knowledgeable, fact citing economist one his side. I know which one Bernie will go for, the one that has proven they will drive us further into debt!
The Anti-Alinsky August 18, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Well, it took a little to get through the nonsense, but I think I got it. Bernie thinks that because Bush and his last congress up in a 400+ billion one-time tarp bailout, it justified Barack Hussein Obama moving the baseline by that amount. Lets fact it Bernie, no matter how you spin it $813,025 Billion is still $813,025 BILLION!
Bernard Forand August 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
@ The Anti-Alinsky also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "So which set of candidates do you really trust to get our fiscal house in order, the one that has increased spending by 27.26% in four years, of the one that has run a business and has a knowledgeable, fact citing economist one his side. I know which one Bernie will go for, the one that has proven they will drive us further into debt!" Already showed you your flaw in increase spending versus debt incurred. I prefer the Nobel Prize winning Poitifact numbers to your delusional limited capacity of mathematical comprehension. Like this one on spending; Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/ That Anti cannot comprehend debt incurred? Is this the one, you wish to emulate? Gee Anti I wonder why the won the Noble award? Spin that all you want like a Fox chasing its tail, you get nowhere. This is what Anti supports amongst other Anti USA policies. http://OFA.BO/iG451c Mitts record for outsourcing http://youtu.be/EQwrB1vu74c Mitt flip flopping on a multitude of issues. How much will it take to get him to dance to the Cronyism’s serene melodies? Now we know how Anti is going to vote how about you? Wall Street+ Cronyism versus Main Street USA. Your choice Nov.6 2012
Bernard Forand August 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The Anti-Alinsky Once again where is base from which increase occurred? What has that to do with dedt incurred? This is redundant! Already showed you your flaw in increase spending versus debt incurred. I prefer the Nobel Prize winning Poitifact numbers to your delusional limited capacity of mathematical comprehension. Like this one on spending; Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/ That Anti cannot comprehend debt incurred? Is this the one, you wish to emulate? Gee Anti I wonder why the won the Noble award? Spin that all you want like a Fox chasing its tail, you get nowhere. This is what Anti supports amongst other Anti USA policies. http://OFA.BO/iG451c Mitts record for outsourcing http://youtu.be/EQwrB1vu74c Mitt flip flopping on a multitude of issues. How much will it take to get him to dance to the Cronyism’s serene melodies? Now we know how Anti is going to vote how about you? Wall Street+ Cronyism versus Main Street USA. Your choice Nov.6 2012
Bernard Forand August 18, 2012 at 07:26 PM
@ The Anti-Alinsky Now Example; Bernie spends 1 today Anti spends 4. Increase to spending is 0. Next day Bernie spends 2 . Antie spend 5. Now Bernie,s spending to increase is 100% Anti’s Spending is 25% getting the drift. Now who actually spent more. Bernie spent 2. Anti spent 5. Now Bernie spends 3. Anti spends 6. Now Bernie’s increase to spending is 30% Anti’s spending is at 20% Now who spent more Bernie spent 3 Anti spent 6. This is what ,one has to watch for, when dealing with percentages. That’s why they buried it in the files. Its seldom of any use other than a curiosity Already showed you your flaw in increase spending versus debt incurred. I prefer the Nobel Prize winning Poitifact numbers to your delusional limited capacity of mathematical comprehension. Like this one on spending; Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/ That Anti cannot comprehend debt incurred? Is this the one, you wish to emulate? This is what Anti supports amongst other Anti USA policies. http://OFA.BO/iG451c Mitts record for outsourcing http://youtu.be/EQwrB1vu74c Mitt flip flopping on a multitude of issues. How much will it take to get him to dance to the Cronyism’s serene melodies? ....Anti 4 Wall. .....Bernie 4 Main USA Wall Street+ Cronyism versus Main Street USA. Your choice Nov.6 2012
Brian Dey August 18, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Anti- Please don't confuse El Bernado and Sr. Ruble with facts. It will only confuse them and drive you nusts with their responses. Lyle, if you love Cuba's healthcare soooo much, move there and stop trying to make us Cuba. It only proves what I said all along. You desire to make the United States a communist country. As you can see by 2010 and the 2012 recall, that at least in Wisconsin, we'll have none of that. And El Bernado, please re-read many of your links because I think that if it were in Russian, Chines or Spanish, you might see that you have no clue of what they say. Ta-ta for now....
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Keith is trying to pretend that everyone who is unhappy with the direction our country is headed is just a racist. Let's ignore him now.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Tammy Baldwin does represent something--more of the same leftist, special interest drivel we have had for the past 4 years. Let's get out thevote and make sure she doesn't have a chance.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Give me break! Republicans are always country first, democrats are always unions first, then special interest minorities that support them next.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Thanks, Greg, for the explanation!
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Unlike the dems who had one hand-picked far left water carrier for special interests, the Republicans had an open, rough-and-tumble free for all. This is what democracy is all about, and its why the Republicans have by far the better candidate.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Good point Bernie. That's why you guys aren't really liberals, you are far-left.
Bernard Forand August 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
@ lolo peeg also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "Tammy Baldwin does represent something--more of the same leftist, special interest drivel we have had for the past 4 years. Let's get out thevote and make sure she doesn't have a chance." With women’s rights, financial debt issues, Health Care, and so on and so on. As we slowly recover from the fiasco the republicans dumped on us 2008 with a 9% contraction rate. That republicans want to return back to? With their special interest in oil, coal, nuclear toxic waste scenarios. Example 2010 top ten oil companies paid zero taxes, received, each. $Millions in tax refunds. Demand multibillions in subsides [Welfare]. Holds nation for hostage/ ransom. For their welfare and tax cuts to the millionaires. Don’t pay and they “SHUTDOWN” our USA. That is what you support? Kinda of an oxymoron ideology?
The Anti-Alinsky August 19, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Yeah Bernie, I know about debt: US debt Dec. 31, 2008 - 4.183 TRILLION US debt Dec. 31, 2012 -4.772 TRILLION (estimate) Difference- 0.589 TRILLION % increase from 2008 to 2012 - 14% The reason I focus on spending is that is where you need to start. "When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging" - Will Rogers
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Does it matter that Solyndra is only $500 million. This company was not worth a dime of taxpayers money. And, it takes toxic materials to produce solar arrays.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
With America's tax policy on the rich, and Obama's proposed tax policy, if I had any money I'd be stashing it offshore as well. I am not rich but I hope to be someday, and if I am, "I will build it," not 'govmint'. I prefer Ryan's plan, end the loopholes.
Bernard Forand August 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
@ lolo peeg also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "With America's tax policy on the rich, and Obama's proposed tax policy, if I had any money I'd be stashing it offshore as well. I am not rich but I hope to be someday, and if I am, "I will build it," not 'govmint'. I prefer Ryan's plan, end the loopholes." Hope your employment is well secured. That you will survive and profit even when the consumers dry up for your products because their were not as fortunate as you. No consumer no business. Simple as that. Why be concern about consumers? Well this might have something to do with it, an excerpt of Ryan’s plan; His economic plan would cost America 1 million jobs in the first year. Ryan's proposed budget would cripple the economy. He'd slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014.1 "Ryan's Budget, Robin Hood in reverse," Economic Policy Institute http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278939&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=4 Page 1 to be continued…
Bernard Forand August 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Page 2 from continue page 1 How about women’s rights,He's an anti-choice extremist. Ryan co-sponsored an extremist anti-choice bill, nicknamed the 'Let Women Die Act,' that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care even if their lives were at risk. And he co-sponsored another bill that would criminalize some forms of birth control, all abortions, and in vitro fertilization Statement on Mitt Romney's Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan for His Vice-Presidential Running Mate," NARAL, August 11, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278694&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=8 "Paul Ryan's Extreme Abortion Views," The Daily Beast, August 11, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278695&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=10 "Paul Ryan Sponsored Fetal Personhood Bill, Opposes Family Planning Funds," Huffington Post, August 11, 2012 Theres more if you like some more
lolo peeg August 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
You expect me to accept moveon.org as evidence or proof? They are simply not trustworthy or reliable. I oppose abortion, a woman does not have the right to take an innocent life. Right now we have "Robin Hood" in the form of Obama, its time to reverse the pendulum.
Bernard Forand August 20, 2012 at 01:33 AM
lolo peeg "Does it matter that Solyndra is only $500 million. This company was not worth a dime of taxpayers money to produce solar arrays." Solyndra keeps popping up here and there. I fail to comprehend the hype that is associated to it. It was a failed investment. Get over it. How many failures have the oil , coal and nuclear energy sectors have per year at what cost to taxpayers and consumers for their failures. there are always stumblings over obstacles on a quest. Consider a giant Christmas tree; As you string out the lights for decoration can you predict which one’s will not survive the installment or the season? Think not. Obama was correct in investing in the vast spectrum of Alternative Energy. Not focusing on one or two companies. R&D was his principle approach with some to immediate supply. A123 of Mass. For their fresh innovations on batteries. Johnson batteries for their historical growth of multi factories. Just a couple of examples of diversification. Universities stimulated to support Green innovation. That is starting to pay off as well with so many new experiments that will increase Alternative efficiencies from 100% to some as much as 1,000% hint {Nano} Why even the oil companies realize it. Notice for the last 2 or 3 decades no new refiners being built for the future. They also have invested in the R&D side of the equation to produce blossoming Green Energy. Focusing on when we stubbed our toe is juvenile and of little merit.
Bernard Forand August 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
@ lolo peeg also commented on Tommy Thompson Earns GOP Nomination For U.S. Senate Race. "Does it matter that Solyndra is only $500 million. This company was not worth a dime of taxpayers money to produce solar arrays." Cutting and pasting are yee. No relevance to your comments just another troll wasting life. Delete will be your faith hence forth; http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...

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