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  1. Brutal 9/11 ad takes center stage in Wisconsin Senate race

    Eleven years after Sept. 11, 2001, that day’s terrorist attacks are rearing their head in a major way in one of the hottest Senate races in the country.

    Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson’s (R) campaign today launched a brutal new ad attacking Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) for voting against a 2006 bill commemorating the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

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  2. Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary there, but the Republican primary was competitive. Baldwin said before a winner was declared that she would invite whomever her opponent would be to participate in three debates prior to November’s general election.

    Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson won the GOP primary and will face Baldwin in November for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Herb Kohl.

    fox6now.com »

  3. Rep. Todd Akin won his bid to to take on U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race in November. 

    Akin, 65, has Tea Party credentials and conservative appeal. He got a push from evangelicals, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in the final days of the race on his way to topping businessman John Brunner and State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.

    "I don’t know that Missouri voters will ever have more of a contrast," McCaskill said in an interview with the Associated Press. ”The issue here is not whether you can label him a conservative, but whether or not he is on the fringe — a very extreme candidate. I believe he is.”

    McCaskill is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the Senate in 2012. 

    Washington Post »

  4. From WSAU.com

    Let’s keep our family squabbles to ourselves. 

    That, in essence, is what Governor Scott Walker told the four Republican U-S Senate candidates [last week]. He told reporters that he wished Tommy Thompson, Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald would put out positive messages instead of attacking each other – which has become increasingly common with their primary just two weeks away.

    wsau.com »

  5. [Thompson] knows that the right to keep and bear arms can only mean one thing. Keep means it’s mine and you can’t have it!”

    - Rock star Ted Nugent pledged his support for former Gov. Tommy Thompson — and Second Amendment rights — in the heated Wisconsin Republican Senate primary at an event in Sturtevant, Wis. last week. 

    todaystmj4.com »

  6.  Wisconsin residents are seeing more attack ads from Republican Senate candidates Eric Hovde, Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann and Jeff Fitzgerald as the Aug. 14 primary approaches. 

    According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, Hovde leads Thompson 31 percent to 29 percent with Neumann trailing at 15 percent and Fitzgerald at 9 percent  However, 16 percent of respondents were undecided. The winner of the primary will face Tammy Baldwin (D) this fall.

    jsonline.com »

  7. As the U.S. Supreme Court works to reach a verdict on President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, candidates for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin are using healthcare reform as a key talking point.

    Upon four-term Democratic incumbent Herb Kohl’s retirement announcement, Republican candidates former Gov. Tommy Thompson, Dane County businessman Eric Hovde, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and former Congressman Mark Neumann entered the race to join fellow party member Ron Johnson as a Wisconsin U.S. Senator.

    All of the GOP candidates advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and the elimination of guaranteed Medicare for state residents. As the only Democratic candidate running, Rep. Tammy Baldwin has said she will strengthen the state’s Medicare and Social Security programs.

    wsaw.com »

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