Tammy vs. Tommy for U.S. Senate
MILWAUKEE - The final race to fill outgoing Democratic Senator Herb Kohl's seat is now underway.
Madison Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, a Republican, are starting their campaigns Wednesday for November's general election.
Thompson won Tuesday night's GOP primary.
He earned about 34 percent of the vote, with Madison businessman Eric Hovde finishing second at 31 percent.
Former Wisconsin Congressman Mark Neumann in 3rd place at 23 percent and Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald at 12 percent.
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During his Tuesday night victory speech, Thompson got the crowd going with the kind of energy he had while serving Wisconsin as Governor.
"We've got 83 days left, and I need your help," said Thompson.
"I want you to drink a beer tonight, a Wisconsin beer, and I want you to help me win this state as a Republican, a mission we are all on, and we are going to do it, ladies and gentlemen," uttered Thompson during his speech.
Thompson said he got a call from GOP Presidential running mate and Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan while he was on the campaign trail.
Ryan congratulated him on the win, and said Wisconsin is going to lead the nation back to prosperity.
Meanwhile, Baldwin said she would speak at a news conference on Wednesday morning.
She explained that she was ready for the battle against Thompson.
Baldwin appeared at the Highbury Bar in Bay View on Tuesday night and thanked supporters for their help.
She made it clear that the fight had just been joined, and the next few months would be critical to getting elected to the U.S. Senate.
"This election is about those realities faced by Wisconsin families. I've come here to tell the people of Wisconsin that I will give them a voice. I believe Wisconsin deserves a U.S. Senator who is unafraid to take on the big money special interests of Washington, D.C.," said Baldwin.
Baldwin was to speak at Helios Solar Works at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Hovde called for unity behind former Governor Thompson.
He said the most important mission is to defeat Tammy Baldwin in November, and also told TODAY'S TMJ4 this would likely be his last run for office.
"You can never say never, but the likelihood is very slim. It's not something I aspired to be. Politics wasn't a goal in my life. I don't need my ego stroked with titles like this," Hovde told TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray.
Hovde said he would be at peace stepping out of the spotlight.
The men who finished third and fourth in the primary were also disappointed that things did not go as hoped, but both Neumann and Fitzgerald said there was still a lot to do.
"Our work is not done. America is in serious trouble, depending on the outcome of this race," claimed Neumann.
"It didn't go as we'd hoped, but we ran a good, positive race," explained Fitzgerald.