Wisconsin Republican leads Democrat in Senate race
June 20th, 2012
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Wisconsin Republican leads Democrat in Senate race

(CNN) - Former Gov. Tommy Thompson leads Rep. Tammy Baldwin in a Wisconsin race for the U.S. Senate according to a new poll, which also shows President Barack Obama six points ahead of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the state.

Thompson, a Republican, has 49% support in a matchup against Baldwin, a Democrat who scored 41% in the Marquette University poll of likely voters released Wednesday.

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In the presidential race, Obama leads Romney, 49% to 43%, the poll showed. Republicans have suggested the state is in play for them this November, especially after Republican Gov. Scott Brown survived a recall vote there earlier this year.

The CNN Electoral Map rates the Badger State, with its 10 electoral votes, as leaning in Obama's favor.

Thompson leads the field of Republicans vying for the office with 34%.

Twenty-five percent of Republican voters surveyed said they were unsure who they would support in the August 14 primary.

The other Republicans - former Congressman Mark Neumann, businessman Eric Hovde and Assembly speaker Jeff Fitzgerald - each had less than 20% in the primary race.

Baldwin is not the only Democrat in the race, but is the best known and the only one included in the poll's results.

The survey showed Baldwin either tied or ahead in matchups against the other three Republicans.

It also showed Republicans as having an edge in enthusiasm: 93% of Republicans said they would vote this November, compared to 85% of Democrats and 78% of independent voters who said the same.

The race is to fill the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, a Democrat. The state's other senator is Republican Ron Johnson.

The survey had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 points and included 707 registered Wisconsin voters contacted by telephone between June 13 and June 16.

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Filed under: 2012 • Tammy Baldwin • Tommy Thompson • Wisconsin
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Well, looks like you can add this seat to the Republican total! BYE BYE HARRY REID and DO NOTHING DEMOCRAT SENATE!!!

    And if Wisconsin is electing Republicans to all of its offices, I highly doubt they will also vote to put socialist Obama back in the Whitehouse for four more years of disaster.

    June 20, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Wisconsinites are going to get exactly what they vote for.
    When you vote for screwed up people you get screwed in return.

    June 20, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. paulcat

    You may as well give up on Wisconsin, the republicans have all of them brain washed.

    June 20, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Luke

    Republican Gov Scott Brown recall?!!! Cmon CNN, you're better than this. Scott Brown is a Senator from MA. Walker is who you are thinking of.

    June 20, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Tony

    So, another Wisconsin poll shows that a local Republican is more popular than Romney. If Romney is developing a case of over-confidence, this should put an end to it.

    June 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. D

    Gov. Scott Brown...really. If you are going to write a story about Wisconsin politics at least get the names right (i.e. Gov. Scott Walker)>

    June 20, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Diana

    The Governor of Wisconsin is Scott Walker, not Scott Brown.....fyi

    June 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. tee27

    I saw a report where a lot of companies are moving out of Wisconsin because of walker.

    June 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. okc

    This can't be right. I saw the unions attacking the capitol and state congressional memebers on TV..........and got the impression everyone in Wis. was as nuts as those people................

    June 20, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Myviewis

    It doesn't surprise me that Obama is still ahead of Romney in the presidential race, many people are still believing most of the fictional stuff Obama wrote in Dreams of My Father, Obama is the best marketing, best salesman, big-talker we've ever had in this country. We'll see how long it takes for the mask to fall off.

    June 20, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. MaryM

    I will just wait until everyone votes rather then believe these polls.

    June 20, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. carlos

    thompson is a RAT and mittsy poosy is a jelly fish.....no back bone

    June 20, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wisconsinites appear to be inherent masochists of a sort.

    June 20, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. just askin

    tammy baldwin??? looks like another leftist Obama loon hell bent on making sure killing babies is legal and obama can continue breaking every law on the books. no thank you.

    June 20, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. California

    The referendum continues...............

    June 20, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Larry L

    The huge outside money and fat-cats buying the candidates continues to work in Wisconsin.

    June 20, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Adam

    " ...especially after Republican Gov. Scott Brown survived a recall vote there earlier this year."

    Who is Gov. Scott Brown?

    June 20, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Ellen

    Obama ahead of Romney in WI poll. So much for the hyped results of Walker's recall victory as a predictor of the Nov. presidential election.

    June 20, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Bruce

    Now I know these polls are bogus. Wisconsin people are not that stupid. They are willing to vote BO in for president and not give him the person he needs in the senate that will help him with his agenda of getting this economy back on track?!?!?! I'm confused...maybe the Wisconsin people are playing a joke on the rest of the country. Certainly, they are not this politically stupid!!!!! To the Wisconsin people...CRAP OR GET OFF THE POT!!! In other words, vote all dems or all repub. You can't be stupid enough to vote for more gridlock!!

    June 20, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Wake up Wisconsin. The Pew Economic Mobility Project, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization, released a report on May 5,2012, on upward mobility. The 9 Worst States:Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas. All are "Right To Work" "Non-Union" states. These states also show statistics worse then their so called "Pro Union" counterparts on poverty, education, salaries and incarceration rates. According to Republican rhetoric these states should be the best performing. Every state in this survey is a Republican strong hold for very long periods of time. Seems like the Republican party plan is to make the working class the new slave class.Do you want to turn your state into one of these states listed in thsi survey. This is what Republicans do to the states they take over. Don't sell out your children and Grand children out to greed and poverty.

    June 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Nathan

    So Wisconsin wants to send Obama back to Washington but they want to send more people to stymie anything he tries to do to help the middle class and the poor where most Wisconsins fall. makes sense to me when you consider they kept Walker.

    June 20, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Norm

    It's become so stereotypical.
    Rich old white guy = GOP
    Caring, concerned politician = Dem
    How can anyone from the average working class in America support the GOP?
    How obvious does it have to be what they really stand for and how utterly unincluded the average American is...

    June 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. 2012liberal

    We'll see after primaries. Geez get that done first. Lol

    June 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    This is June...Obama is ahead of Romney right now and the Republican is ahead of the Demorcat right now. Things can change so no big whoop here if you ask me.

    June 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |

    This clown looks like a tipicial republican bafoon that you will see walking the streets of Tampa for the republican bafoon party convention in Aug . Get out of town moron!!!!

    June 20, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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