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  Hovde Top Choice of GOP Insiders, But Thompson Fares Better Against Baldwin
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jul 18, 2012 08:05am
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AuthorMark Maley and David Cotey
News DateWednesday, July 18, 2012 01:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWisconsin's Republican insiders like candidate Eric Hovde in the U.S. Senate primary election, but they think former Gov. Tommy Thompson has the best chance to win in November.

That's the bottom line of Patch’s inaugural “Red Wisconsin” survey of GOP party leaders, activists and other "influencers."

If the Aug. 4 primary were held today, the insiders say they would vote for Hovde by a substantial margin over both former Gov. Tommy Thompson and Mark Neumann, according to the survey.

But those same influencers believe Thompson has the best chance against Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the November general election.

In the survey conducted by Patch, nearly 36 percent of respondents said they would support Hovde if the GOP primary were held today. That compares to 26 percent who backed Thompson and 15 percent who supported former congressman Neumann. About 10 percent said they would vote for Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, the fourth Republican candidate.

About 11 percent said they are still undecided.
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