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  Tommy Thompson and the GOP base: how's the relationship?
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Last EditedJason  Jul 04, 2012 07:51pm
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MediaNewspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
News DateThursday, July 5, 2012 01:50:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAsked last month about Tommy Thompson’s bid for US Senate, Gov. Scott Walker defended his predecessor’s conservative credentials, which have been questioned by some.

“I don’t see him having a problem with 'base' voters,” said Walker, who is neutral in the GOP Senate primary.

Is Walker right?

Or will the party's conservative base peel away from Thompson in the Aug. 14 primary?

That question is a huge key to this contest and at the core of a great personal political drama.

Thompson is the best-known candidate. He’s generally perceived as the frontrunner. His Republican rivals are running at him from the right. So the strength of his standing with the GOP base will largely determine whether one of them – Mark Neumann or Eric Hovde or Jeff Fitzgerald – can knock him off.
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