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Thompson wins GOP Senate primary
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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