Thompson wins GOP Senate primary
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