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POLL: Who Has Your Vote in the GOP Primary for U.S. Senate?

Previous polls suggest former governor Tommy Thompson is in the lead, but the key Tea Party endorsement went to Mark Neumann and businessman Eric Hovde is liked by Patch's GOP insiders.

In 1988, the Bradley Center opened, a sparkling new venue for the basketball team owned by Herb Kohl, who celebrated that year by taking office as a U.S. Senator.

The arena and Kohl’s service followed parallel paths; both are up for replacement. The Democrat announced that he would not seek a fifth term, sparking a furious effort by member of the GOP to earn the nomination in a general election.

will select that nominee from among Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, Eric Hovde and Jeff Fitzgerald. And unlike many primaries, it’s tough to say today who will come out on top.

Thompson, the former governor, topped the but plenty of voters continued to call themselves undecided. Our own showed they preferred Hovde as a senator but Thompson as the best candidate to defeat Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the general election. The ultra-conservative Tea Party endorsed Neumann. Fitzgerald has consistently lagged behind the other three but . Following the latest poll, Patch commenter James R Hoffa noted:

Looks like all the mud slinging being done by the top 3 is starting to turn people on to the [quiet] underdog in this race - Fitzgerald. He more than doubled his support since last month - the largest increase realized by any of the candidates for the nomination.

So who has your vote? Tell us in the poll then join the conversation sure to follow in the Comments section.

Michael August 10, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Mark Neumann, although a proven conservative, is a serial campaigner. Not only is he a repeated loser in various political races but he also does it negatively. His campaign for this Senate seat has been a stark reminder of what we in Wisconsin have been going through for the past 2 years. We are tired of it! We are tired of career politicians! Ron Johnson paved the path for an outsider like Eric Hovde to enter the race and capture the attention of Wisconsin voters with a common sense, spirited and fact based campaign. His message resonates with me. Eric for Senate!
JL August 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
None? Lets see you have Tommy, who should have retired a long time ago. You have Hovde who should stop sucking up to every key polling item of what a republican politician should be. Fitzgerald who? Mark Neumann maybe should just keep his reputation as a nice guy and stay out of the GOP races to control the country? Whats up with this guys running for republican seats? Seems like they will say and do anything to get in? Oh, I am huge Conservative, My first day I will kill obama care, I will kiss your baby and give you big tax breaks. maybe just vote for the dem and not worry that they are going to go power hungry and give away all our money to the rich and powerful?
Rik Kluessendorf August 10, 2012 at 09:34 PM
JL - just so we're clear - I think you mistake "giving away all our money" with letting people keep their own money. There is a pretty significant difference that should not be overlooked. And I'm pretty sure that Baldwin doesn't recognize that difference.
Greg August 10, 2012 at 09:41 PM
It really does not matter what JL thinks, JL is voting for Baldwin (if JL votes).
James R Hoffa August 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Hoffa is backing Hovde, giving him a chance to prove that he'll deliver on his message if he has the opportunity to put on the pants of a public representative.
DICK STEINBERG August 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Gov. Thompson will win
Al Olmstead August 11, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Lets vote Dem and give our money to the lazy and non working. Oops forgot illegal and non american.
opera singer August 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Tammy Baldwin. She is the only choice.
skinnyDUDE August 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Tammy Baldwin is the same as rejected Kathleen falk. A Madison liberal the rest of the state will reject. 1- no one knows who she is . 2- When they find out who she is they will vote for the Republican nominee . She wins Madison and Milwaukee And will be rejected everywhere else! Where have i seen this before (hint :Walker )
WEACHATER August 11, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Maybe if your mentally challanged
James R Hoffa August 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM
@opera singer - Tammy Baldwin in not running for the GOP nomination in the primary. She's running as an uncontested Democrat in the general election.
James R Hoffa August 11, 2012 at 06:20 PM
@skinny - The general election results will mirror those of the recent gubernatorial recall election - the GOP nominee will garner a winning 54% to Baldwin's 46%.
Diane Bingen August 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I want JEFF FITZGERALD!!! I read his biography on Google, & I totally agree with him on everything! Diane Bingen
James R Hoffa August 12, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Fitz is a great candidate and he still has a chance. Really, they're all fantastic choices, making it a very tough decision, but the decision in November will be an easy one - ABB - anybody but Barack and anybody but Baldwin!

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