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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Romney is a drag on the whole Republican ticket!
On another note, why isn't CNN reporting on a part of that "47 percent" tape where Romney is informing terrorists how to successfully attack the United States!
AND why are they not reporting on the veterans jobs bill that Republicans blocked? GET ON THE BALL, CNN!
No Sir ,
you are just as responsible as anybody in the GOP. Don't play the victom !
Don't blame Romney, blame the Senator from Kentucky who made it clear that your party is not interested in governing for the people - just making Obama an one-term president. If you had a record of partnering to work for the people who elected you, then you would be ahead by a landslide. Heck, you could run as an independent and still win by a landslide.