GOP Senate candidate cites Romney for bad poll numbers
September 20th, 2012
02:36 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP Senate candidate cites Romney for bad poll numbers

Washington (CNN) - A new poll out of Wisconsin this week shows Republican Senate candidate Tommy Thompson suddenly falling behind in his race against Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

Thompson is blaming the slip, in part, on the rocky campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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"The presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election," Thompson told Madison television station WKOW on Wednesday. "You know, whether you're a Democrat or Republican. If you're a standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the down ballot."

The new poll - out Wednesday from Marquette University Law School - showed Thompson trailing Democrat Tammy Baldwin by nine points among likely voters in the Senate race, viewed as one of the most competitive in the country.

That's a major swing from one month ago, when the same poll showed Thompson leading Baldwin by nine points.

The Marquette poll out this week showed President Obama leading Romney by a substantial 54-40 margin among likely voters – even with Wisconsinite Paul Ryan on the GOP ticket.

Other recent polls have shown a tighter contest in Wisconsin, in both the presidential and Senate races.

A CBS/New York Times/Quinnipiac survey of likely Wisconsin voters released on Wednesday, for instance, showed Obama leading Romney by six points, while Thompson and Baldwin were tied.

Thompson also blamed the bad poll number on the fact that he had to "regroup" after a difficult and expensive GOP primary fight. Baldwin did not have a primary.

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Filed under: 2012 • Tammy Baldwin • Tommy Thompson • Wisconsin
soundoff (28 Responses)

    Willard is going to bring down the entire republican ticket. He's the gift that keeps on giving.

    September 20, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Adam

    It could also be that many Wisconsin voters are just turned off by Thompson. I know I am and it has nothing to do with Romney.

    September 20, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. dennis baehr

    perhaps the reason tommy thompson is down in the polls is that he comes across as a cranky old tea party hack compared to the progressive deal making person he was as Governor. This comes from someone who voted for him every time he ran for Governor.

    September 20, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. souptwins

    The only problem with this theory is that Romney and Obama are polling within a point or two of each other nationwide. Time to look in the mirror.

    September 20, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Top of the ticket isn't so appealing any more, is it? I can see the continued problems as Romney seems to stick his foot in his mouth more than Obama and Biden do. That's saying something.

    September 20, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Uh oh. He blamed Romney. There goes his national funding and ad support.

    What about the Kaine vs. Allen debate? Allen has already flipped out because Kaine said he was open to the idea that everyone should perhaps pay at least something. He didn't specify how much, but that he is open to the concept.

    September 20, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Canuck

    Methinks they're going to be attaching a lot more blame to Romney.

    September 20, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. John

    It is remarkable how the GOP (Guardians of Oil's Power) cries when they are about to become unemployed. They like to dictate to women that must they carry their rapists child. They want latinos to self-deport. They never met a labor union they didn't want to crush and then they wonder why people don't like them. Imagine tha!!!

    September 20, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Patriot Awesome

    I'm beginning to think that Romney and Tea Party members of the Republican party are secretly Democratic operatives out to bring down the Republican party from the inside.

    September 20, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. n

    Romney, the Bane of the republican party . . . you cannot make this stuff up! Poetic Justice. Romney will be the undoing of the republican party. Romney the last nail that will seal their doom in the proverbial coffin of obstruction, lies and self imposed chaotic implants, design to cripple this nation while blaming the black guy.

    September 20, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. kayla

    Robme only looked good during the primaries because he was running against idiots. he was just a better idiot than the rest

    September 20, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    one thing GOPers are good at is pointing fingers and placing blame.....on anybody but themselves of course. Perhaps "coat tails" is not always such a good thing after all. Besides what happen to that great BOUNCE the GOP had when Ryan was placed on the ticket? I guess that vanished too when he started lying just like his partner has been doing.

    September 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Pander Bear

    Mitt is a drag on the entire nation much less the GOP candidates down ticket.

    September 20, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    @Kayla, and now he is running on empty and close to just fumes!

    September 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    CNN still pushing that bogus outlier poll huh? No surprise I guess. The leftist bias continues.

    September 20, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. jpmichigan

    Depends on who is doing the POLLS, as to whether they are honest or not!

    September 20, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. ExRepublican

    We blame the whole republican party look who block the veteran job bills. Republican need to be all voted out of
    the office.

    September 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Lisa P

    "The presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election," Thompson told Madison television station WKOW on Wednesday. "You know, whether you're a Democrat or Republican. If you're a standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the down ballot."
    The problem is Thompson. Most Wisconsinites haven't seen him in well over a decade. He comes back from Washington and sounds like this. That's not the Tommy Thompson anyone remembers. He used to be a cheerleader; now he sounds like a confused old drunk. It makes the Baldwin supporters' claims that he spent the last few years lining his pockets a lot more believable - he clearly wasn't any good for anything else.

    September 20, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. 2020

    He has to thank Uncle Mitt for the gong show

    September 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. v_mag

    truth hurts said: "CNN still pushing that bogus outlier poll huh?"
    You must consider anything that may be said as a version of the truth. The rest of us know a lie when we see it. There are numerous new polls out this week, and none of them has Rob-money even with Obama, much less ahead. Many of them, like the one cited, have Obama up to 9 points ahead, and moving away like the Enterprise leaving orbit. I think "truth hurts" should rename him/herself "truth denier".

    September 20, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Anthony

    The Marquette University poll correctly predicted Gov. Scott Walker's winning margin in the Wisconsin recall election.

    September 20, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. rosethornne

    Awwwwwww, did poor ittle republies policies come back and bite them on their widdle bum-bums?

    Ya know, if you go freakishly far to either extreme as a party, even the best presidential candidate in the world won't save you. And mitless is FAR from the best candidate ever...

    September 20, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Is it just me or does Thompson look like a grumpy old turtle sticking his head out of his shell?

    September 20, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. chilly g

    the president will win reelection and the democrafts will increase there numbers in the senate and will win back the house in a landslide and then the president will be able to change this country for the best that mean everything
    will be more fairer to everybody. im ayready planning for a big victory party after obama win the election.

    September 20, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -truth hurts

    CNN still pushing that bogus outlier poll huh? No surprise I guess. The leftist bias continues.
    Well, the REAL TRUTH always has a liberal bias. Take your meds now.

    September 20, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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