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New Rasmussen Poll Puts Thompson Ahead of Baldwin

Just a day after the Republican primary election that elevated him to official nominee, a new poll shows Thompson leads his Democratic challenger.

If the election for US Senate were held today, former Gov. Tommy Thompson would head to Washington over Democrat Tammy Baldwin, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.

Rasmussen's results show Thompson with an 11-point lead over Baldwin; 54 to 43 percent. Undecided voters came in at 3 percent and only 1 percent would choose someone else entirely.

The poll was conducted among 500 likely voters Aug. 15, the day after the Republican primary for the US Senate seat, with 4.5 percent margin of error.

After the poll was released, Thompson's campaign released the following statement from Darrin Schmitz, Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate general consultant:

 "In the face of a new poll that shows her down by double digits, Tammy Baldwin is launching her general election campaign by going negative and using class warfare to distort Tommy Thompson's record and his proposals. Baldwin's tax plan will dramatically increase taxes on small businesses in Wisconsin, a recipe for economic disaster. The choice for Wisconsin voters is clear: more jobs under Tommy or more taxes under Baldwin." 

Baldwin's campaign fired back, saying the Rasmussen Reports is hardly a credible source for accurate polling information:

"In the face of calls to release his tax returns, and after a testy and rattled exchange with the Wisconsin press corps on the first day of the general elction, Tommy Thompson is trying to distract voters by clinging to a widely discredited pollster who used to work for George W. Bush," said Tammy Baldwin for Senate Communications Director John Kraus, "Thompson can try to dodge and distract all he wants but the people of Wisconsin want to know why Tommy won't release his tax returns at the same time he is calling for tax breaks for millionaires like himself and tax increases for the middle class."

Among Patch GOP Insiders the day before the primary election, Thompson was picked as the best bet to beat Baldwin in November.

The most also put Thompson in the lead over Baldwin, 48 to 43 percent. That poll was conducted from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5, two weeks before the Aug. 14 primary.

Joe Gefesser August 21, 2012 at 02:49 PM
"In the face of calls to release his tax returns, and after a testy and rattled exchange with the Wisconsin press corps on the first day of the general elction, Tommy Thompson is trying to distract voters by clinging to a widely discredited pollster who used to work for George W. Bush," said Tammy Baldwin Why the hell do Democrats have such a fixation on Tax Returns? Most polticians are wealthy, what does it matter how much they paid in taxes. It is their policies not thier wallets that matter. Obummer is wealthy and even more so now that he is spending our money like water and saving his own.
Bernard Forand August 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@Joe Gefesser also commented on New Rasmussen Poll Puts Thompson Ahead of Baldwin. ""In the face of calls to release his tax returns, and after a testy and rattled exchange with the Wisconsin press corps on the first day of the general elction, Tommy Thompson is trying to distract voters by clinging to a widely discredited pollster who used to work for George W. Bush," said Tammy Baldwin Why the hell do Democrats have such a fixation on Tax Returns? Most polticians are wealthy, what does it matter how much they paid in taxes. It is their policies not thier wallets that matter. Obummer is wealthy and even more so now that he is spending our money like water and saving his own." Bernie replies; Another republican following Romney’s lead of not showing their credentials’ for the job. He will be with all of the other sheep corralled in the GOP’s “Party First” USA second herd. Signing his pledge of allegiance to the host of the party. Constituents’ are but mere stepping stones to his greed for wealth. Plus job; just obey the dictates of the host and nay, nay, nay his no, no, no leadership. Take USA Hostage and Ransom USA for what the Host desires. Main Street to get the ransom note….http://OFA.BO/iG451c Mitts record for outsourcing http://youtu.be/EQwrB1vu74c Mitt flip flopping on a multitude of issues. How much will it take to get him and Tommy to dance to the Cronyism’s serene melodies?
stella August 21, 2012 at 04:29 PM
what form of mental illness do you suffer from Mr Forand?
morninmist August 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Good website on taxes-Tammy vs Tommy http://baldwin-v-thompson--thechoiceontaxes.com/?p=9
Jennie August 22, 2012 at 05:26 AM
The entire Democratic Party is going to annouce their Platform at their Convention on Same Sex Marriage and it will be voted on!

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