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  Senate hopefuls fail to win [WI] GOP endorsement; Fitzgerald, Neumann tally the most votes at party convention
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  May 13, 2012 02:33pm
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AuthorPatrick Marley
MediaNewspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
News DateSaturday, May 12, 2012 08:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGreen Bay - None of the GOP candidates for U.S. Senate could muster enough votes Saturday to garner the party's endorsement, and the balloting included a weak showing by former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon took the most votes at the Republican Party's state convention here, but fell short of the 60% needed to secure the endorsement. It was a surprisingly strong showing for Fitzgerald, who has lagged in fundraising and polling.

Thompson, elected governor four times, was knocked off in the second ballot with 18.5% of the vote. Madison hedge fund manager Eric Hovde was eliminated in the first ballot.

In the final ballot, Fitzgerald edged former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, 51.5% to 48.5%. Fitzgerald and observers said the vote breathed new life into his campaign.
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