POLL: Who Has Your Vote in the GOP Primary for U.S. Senate?
Previous polls suggest former governor Tommy Thompson is in the lead, but the key Tea Party endorsement went to Mark Neumann and businessman Eric Hovde is liked by Patch's GOP insiders.
In 1988, the Bradley Center opened, a sparkling new venue for the basketball team owned by Herb Kohl, who celebrated that year by taking office as a U.S. Senator.
The arena and Kohl’s service followed parallel paths; both are up for replacement. The Democrat announced that he would not seek a fifth term, sparking a furious effort by member of the GOP to earn the nomination in a general election.
Tuesday’s primary election will select that nominee from among Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, Eric Hovde and Jeff Fitzgerald. And unlike many primaries, it’s tough to say today who will come out on top.
Thompson, the former governor, topped the latest Marquette University poll but plenty of voters continued to call themselves undecided. Our own survey of GOP insiders showed they preferred Hovde as a senator but Thompson as the best candidate to defeat Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the general election. The ultra-conservative Tea Party endorsed Neumann. Fitzgerald has consistently lagged behind the other three but has the support of State Rep. Dan Knodl of Menomonee Falls. Following the latest poll, Patch commenter James R Hoffa noted:
Looks like all the mud slinging being done by the top 3 is starting to turn people on to the [quiet] underdog in this race - Fitzgerald. He more than doubled his support since last month - the largest increase realized by any of the candidates for the nomination.
So who has your vote? Tell us in the poll then join the conversation sure to follow in the Comments section.