Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson won Tuesday's primary to become the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Herb Kohl for 24 years.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Thompson had 34% of the vote. His main challenger in the four-way GOP primary, businessman Eric Hovde, Madison, had 31% of the votes.
Thompson will now face Tammy Baldwin, the lone Democratic candidate, in the November general election.
The other two candidates were former congressman Mark Neumann (23% of the vote) and Jeff Fitzgerald (12% of the vote), the Republican speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly and 39th District assemblyman.
These are the statewide unofficial totals: Thompson, 197,772; Hovde, 179,631; Neumann, 132,810; and Fitzgerald, 71,906.
In St. Croix County, with all precincts reporting, the totals were:
Thompson - 1,989
Hovde - 498
Neumann - 1,499
Fitzgerald - 201
In Pierce County, with all precincts reporting, the totals were:
Thompson - 839
Hovde - 324
Neumann - 609
Fitzgerald - 76