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United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2012

 

United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2012

United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2012

November 6, 2012

Turnout 72.5% (voting eligible)[1]
 
Nominee Tammy Baldwin Tommy Thompson
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,547,104 1,380,126
Percentage 51.4% 45.9%

U.S. Senate election results map. Blue denotes counties/districts won by Baldwin. Red denotes those won by Thompson.

U.S. Senator before election

Herb Kohl
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Tammy Baldwin
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in Wisconsin took place on November 6, 2012, alongside a U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic Senator Herb Kohl retired instead of running for re-election to a fifth term.

Primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district ran unopposed for her party's nomination. The Republican nominee was former Governor of Wisconsin and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, who won with a plurality in a four-way race. In the general election, Baldwin defeated Thompson and won the open seat. She became the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. This is also the first time Thompson lost a statewide race.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Democratic primary 2
    • Candidates 2.1
      • Declared 2.1.1
      • Declined 2.1.2
    • Polling 2.2
    • Results 2.3
  • Republican primary 3
    • Candidates 3.1
      • Declared 3.1.1
      • Withdrew 3.1.2
      • Declined 3.1.3
    • Polling 3.2
    • Endorsements 3.3
    • Results 3.4
  • General election 4
    • Candidates 4.1
    • Debates 4.2
    • Fundraising 4.3
      • Top contributors 4.3.1
      • Top industries 4.3.2
    • Polling 4.4
  • Results 5
  • Aftermath 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Background

Incumbent Democratic Senator

  • Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate
  • Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate
  • Joe Kexel for U.S. Senate
  • Nimrod Allen III for U.S. Senate
Official candidate sites
  • Elections & Voting at the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
  • Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
  • Outside spending at Sunlight Foundation
  • Candidate issue positions at On the Issues

External links

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  4. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/129281483.html
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  10. ^ http://www.rollcall.com/news/Herb-Kohl-Retiring-Senate-Wisconsin-2012-205591-1.html
  11. ^ http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/0511/Herb_Kohl_wont_seek_reelection.html?showall
  12. ^ http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=250796
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  17. ^ Our Campaigns - WI US Senate - R Primary Race - Aug 14, 2012
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  19. ^ Hovde emerges as new Senate candidate - Leader-Telegram: Front Page
  20. ^ Republican Neumann announces Senate run WBAY-TV. August 29, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2011
  21. ^ [1] Roll Call. August 29, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2011
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  23. ^ State Senator Lasee Drops Out Of U.S. Senate Race | News - Channel3000.com
  24. ^ Kip Smith enters U.S. Senate race | Wisconsin | onPolitix
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  26. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/130773358.html
  27. ^ http://www.rollcall.com/news/Ryan-Out-Thompson-In-Wisconsin-Senate-205679-1.html?pos=hln
  28. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/127969353.html?wpisrc=nl_fix
  29. ^ 2012 US Senate Endorsement | Conservative Wisconsin PAC
  30. ^ a b c d e Fitzgerald gets key endorsements - Sun Prairie Star - Sun Prairie, WI
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Fitzgerald announces Waukesha endorsements - Sun Prairie Star - Sun Prairie, WI
  32. ^ http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/237743-freedomworks-endorses-hovde-in-wisconsin The Hill
  33. ^ CFG PAC endorses Kevin Cramer in North Dakota
  34. ^ FRC Action PAC
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  36. ^ Sen. Coburn endorses Neumann in Wis. Senate race - The Hill's Ballot Box
  37. ^ Jim DeMint Backs Wisconsin Senate Hopeful Over Tommy Thompson : Roll Call Politics
  38. ^ Utah senator endorses Neumann - JSOnline
  39. ^ a b http://wispolitics.com/1006/120126_Neumann_100B.pdf
  40. ^ Mark Neumann Wins Two Key Endorsements For Senate Race
  41. ^ Primary Targets | RedState
  42. ^ Neumann endorsed by Sen. Toomey - JSOnline
  43. ^ http://wrtl.org/mec/
  44. ^ http://impeachobamatoday.blogspot.com/2012/08/mark-levin-endorses-mark-neumann-for-us.html
  45. ^ http://waukesha.patch.com/articles/herman-cain-stumps-for-tommy-thompson-at-waukesha-rally
  46. ^ http://www.tommyforwisconsin.com/category/endorsements/
  47. ^ a b Endorsements
  48. ^ Rudy Giuliani, Milwaukee Police Association backing Tommy Thompson - JSOnline
  49. ^ a b c d Tommy Thompson Picks Up Senate Endorsements : Roll Call Politics
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  51. ^ a b c d e f g Seven former governors endorse Thompson - JSOnline
  52. ^ a b c d e f http://www.tommyforwisconsin.com/2012/06/21/see-the-full-list/
  53. ^ 'The Nuge' endorses Tommy Thompson - JSOnline
  54. ^ The Coveted Dick Morris Endorsement
  55. ^ http://shorewood.patch.com/articles/joe-the-plumber-supports-thompson-because-he-gets-stuff-done
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  57. ^ GOProud Announces U.S. House Endorsements
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  63. ^ http://gab.wi.govs/default/files/County%20by%20County_11.6.12%20Gen%20Election_U.S.%20Senate.pdf
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References

See also

Brian Schimming, the Vice Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, partly blamed Thompson's defeat on the fact that he had to face a competitive primary whereas Baldwin was unopposed for the Democratic nomination: "[Thompson] blew all his money going through the primary. So when he gets through the primary, it was like three weeks before he was up on the air. [Baldwin] piled on immediately." He claimed "If [Thompson] hadn't had as ugly a primary, we could have won that seat."[64]

Aftermath

2012 United States Senate election, Wisconsin[63]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tammy Baldwin 1,547,104 51.41% -15.9
Republican Tommy Thompson 1,380,126 45.86% +16.4
Libertarian Joseph Kexel 62,240 2.07% +2.1
Independent Nimrod Allen, III 16,455 0.55% n/a
Other Scattered 3,486 0.12% +0.1
Majority 166,978 5.55%
Turnout 3,009,411 72.5%
Democratic hold Swing

Results

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Tammy
Baldwin (D)
Tommy
Thompson (R)
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 2–3, 2012 1,256 ± 2.8% 51% 48% 2%
Angus Reid Public Opinion November 1–3, 2012 482 ± 4.5% 50% 48% 2%
YouGov October 31–November 3, 2012 1,225 ± 3.1% 48% 47% 5%
WeAskAmerica October 31–November 1, 2012 1,210 ± 3% 49% 46% 5%
NBC/WSJ/Marist October 31, 2012 1,065 ± 3.0% 48% 47% 4% 1%
Rasmussen Reports October 29, 2012 750 ± 4.0% 48% 48% 1% 2%
St. Norbert College October 25–29, 2012 402 ± 5% 43% 46% 11%
Marquette University October 25–28, 2012 1,243 ± 2.8% 47% 43% 10%
Rasmussen Reports October 25, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 47% 48% 2% 4%
Angus Reid Public Opinion October 18–20, 2012 502 ± 4.5% 45% 42% 3% 11%
Rasmussen Reports October 18, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 46% 48% 3% 3%
Mason-Dixon October 15–17, 2012 625 ± 4% 47% 45% 8%
NBC/WSJ/Marist Poll October 15–17, 2012 1,013 ± 3.1% 49% 45% 1% 5%
Marquette University October 11–14, 2012 870 ± 3.3% 45% 46% 7%
YouGov October 4–11, 2012 639 ± 4.9% 48% 43% 9%
Rasmussen Reports October 9, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 51% 47% 1% 2%
CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac October 4–9, 2012 1,327 ± 2.7% 48% 46% 5%
Public Policy Polling October 4–6, 2012 979 ± 3.1% 49% 46% 6%
Marquette University September 27–30, 2012 894 ± 3.3% 48% 44% 6%
We Ask America September 20–23, 2012 1,238 ± 2.8% 52% 40% 8%
Public Policy Polling September 18–19, 2012 842 ± 3.4% 49% 45% 6%
NBC/WSJ/Marist Poll September 16–18, 2012 968 ± 3.2% 48% 46% 5%
CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac September 11–17, 2012 1,485 ± 2.5% 47% 47% 6%
Marquette University September 13–16, 2012 705 ± 3.8% 50% 41% 5%
Public Policy Polling September 12–13, 2012 959 ± n/a 48% 45% 6%
YouGov September 4–11, 2012 772 ± n/a 42% 48% 10%
CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac August 15–21, 2012 1,190 ± 3.0% 44% 50% 1% 4%
Marquette University August 16–19, 2012 576 ± 4.2% 41% 50% 9%
Public Policy Polling August 16–19, 2012 1,308 ± 2.7% 44% 49% 7%
Rasmussen Reports August 15, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 43% 54% 1% 3%
Quinnipiac July 31–August 6, 2012 1,428 ± 2.6% 47% 47% 1% 5%
Marquette University August 2–5, 2012 1,400 ± 2.6% 43% 48% 5%
Rasmussen Reports July 25, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 48% 41% 5% 6%
Marquette University July 5–8, 2012 810 ± 3.5% 41% 45% 14%
Public Policy Polling July 5–8, 2012 1,057 ± 3.0% 45% 45% 11%
Marquette University June 13–16, 2012 707 ± 3.8% 41% 49% 10%
Rasmussen Reports June 12, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 36% 52% 6% 6%
Public Policy Polling May 11–13, 2012 851 ± 3.4% 42% 47% 11%
Rasmussen Reports May 9, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 38% 50% 5% 7%
Public Policy Polling April 13–15, 2012 1,136 ± 2.9% 45% 47% 8%
Rasmussen Reports March 27, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 44% 48% 4% 4%
Rasmussen Reports February 27, 2012 500 ± 4.5% 36% 50% 4% 10%
Public Policy Polling February 23–26, 2012 900 ± 3.3% 46% 45% 9%
Marquette University February 16–19, 2012 716 ± 3.7% 42% 48% 1% 9%
Rasmussen Reports October 26, 2011 500 ± 4.5% 42% 49% 4% 6%
Public Policy Polling October 20–23, 2011 1,170 ± 2.9% 44% 46% 10%
Public Policy Polling August 12–14, 2011 830 ± 3.4% 42% 50% 8%
Public Policy Polling May 19–22, 2011 1,636 ± 2.4% 44% 45% 11%

Polling

Tammy Baldwin Contribution Tommy Thompson Contribution
Women's Issues $915,482 Retired $858,276
Retired $791,756 Leadership PACs $244,804
Lawyers/Law Firms $597,674 Financial Institutions $243,636
Democratic/Liberal $555,792 Lawyers/Law Firms $228,379
Leadership PACs $309,430 Real Estate $227,687
Universities $298,298 Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $204,302
Human Rights Organisations $215,539 Insurance Industry $202,654
Health Professionals $202,654 Manufacturing & Distributing $169,104
Pro-Israel $172,380 Health Professionals $150,149
Business Services $163,238 Lobbyists $138,700
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[62]

Top industries

Tammy Baldwin Contribution Tommy Thompson Contribution
EMILY's List $431,843 Michael Best & Friedrich LLP $36,825
MoveOn.org $171,467 ABC Supply $28,500
University of Wisconsin $117,600 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld $28,250
J Street PAC $113,758 Direct Supply $27,500
League of Conservation Voters $95,308 Wisconsin Energy Corporation $25,750
Democracy Engine $81,330 American Foods Group $25,000
Council for a Livable World $54,130 Gilead Sciences $23,000
Voices for Progress $25,749 Centene Corporation $20,750
Marshfield Clinic $21,800 BGR Group $20,500
Microsoft Corporation $18,564 C. R. Bard, Inc. $20,000
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[61]

Top contributors

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Tammy Baldwin (D) $14,643,869 $15,204,940 $143,852 $0
Tommy Thompson (R) $9,585,823 $9,582,888 $2,934 $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[60]

Fundraising

  • Complete video and transcript at C-SPAN, September 28, 2012
  • Complete video and transcript at C-SPAN, October 18, 2012
  • Complete video and transcript at C-SPAN, October 26, 2012
External links

The third debate originated from Eckstein Hall on the campus of Marquette University Law School and was coordinated by WISN-TV in Milwaukee. It aired on that station and across the state's other ABC affiliated stations.

The second debate originated from the Theater for Civic Engagement on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Marathon County in Wausau and was coordinated by WPT/WPR, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV. Again it was carried on MPTV, WPT/WPR, and several commercial stations, including WTMJ-TV.

The first debate originated from the studios of Milwaukee Public Television and was coordinated by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. It aired on MPTV, Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio and several commercial stations throughout the state.

Baldwin and Thompson agreed to three debates: September 28, October 18 and October 26, all broadcast statewide, and nationwide through C-SPAN.

Debates

Candidates

Thompson and Baldwin with WISN-TV's Mike Gousha at the October 26 debate.

General election

Republican primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tommy Thompson 197,928 34
Republican Eric Hovde 179,557 30.8
Republican Mark Neumann 132,786 22.8
Republican Jeff Fitzgerald 71,871 12.3
Republican Write ins 244 0.04
Total votes 582,630 100

Results

Endorsements

Poll source Date(s) administered Sample
size
Margin of
error
Tommy
Thompson
Someone more
conservative
Undecided
Public Policy Polling July 30–31, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 29% 58% 13%
Public Policy Polling July 5–8, 2012 564 ± 4.1% 34% 50% 17%
Public Policy Polling February 23–26, 2012 556 ± 4.2% 37% 47% 17%
Public Policy Polling October 20–23, 2011 650 ± 3.8% 35% 51% 14%
  • + Commissioned by Eric Hovde
Poll source Date(s) administered Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jeff
Fitzgerald
Eric
Hovde
Mark
Neumann
Tommy
Thompson
Undecided
Public Policy Polling August 8–9, 2012 557 ± 4.2% 15% 27% 24% 25% 9%
Marquette University August 2–5, 2012 519 ± 4.4% 13% 20% 18% 28% 7%
We Ask America July 31, 2012 1,237 ± 2.8% 12.11% 23.20% 16.66% 22.79% 25.24%
Public Policy Polling July 30–31, 2012 400 ± 4.9% 13% 28% 25% 25% 9%
33% 27% 30% 10%
Marquette University July 5–8, 2012 432 ± 4.8% 6% 23% 10% 35% 25%
Public Policy Polling July 5–8, 2012 564 ± 4.1% 9% 31% 15% 29% 16%
OnMessage Inc.+ June 26–27, 2012 600 ± 4.0% 7% 29% 16% 34% 14%
Marquette University June 13–16, 2012 344 ± 5.4% 10% 14% 16% 34% 25%
Public Policy Polling March 31–April 1, 2012 609 ± 4.0% 18% 25% 38% 19%
Public Policy Polling February 23–26, 2012 556 ± 4.2% 22% 22% 39% 17%
32% 42% 26%
37% 46% 17%
36% 46% 18%
Public Policy Polling October 20–23, 2011 650 ± 3.8% 21% 29% 35% 11%
39% 43% 17%
28% 44% 28%
35% 47% 17%
Public Policy Polling August 12–14, 2011 362 ± 5.2% 39% 47% 13%
Magellan Strategies July 12–13, 2011 638 ± 3.9% 15% 26% 41% 18%
36% 44% 20%

Polling

Declined

  • Frank Lasee, State Senator[23] (endorsed Eric Hovde)
  • Kip Smith, physical therapist[24]

Withdrew

Declared

Candidates

Six candidates declared for the seat, although two later withdrew. The contest turned out to be a four-way fight and although a large majority of Republican primary voters consistently expressed a preference for a nominee "more conservative" than Tommy Thompson, Eric Hovde and Mark Neumann split the conservative vote and Thompson narrowly prevailed with a plurality of the vote.[17]

Congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan had stated he would not run against Kohl if Kohl sought reelection, but would contemplate a run if Kohl retired.[15] Ryan later stated that he was "95 percent sure" that he would not run.[16]

Results of the 2012 Wisconsin Republican Senatorial Primary with winner indicated by county.

Republican primary

Democratic primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tammy Baldwin 185,265 99.77
Democratic Write ins 424 0.23
Total votes 185,689 100

Results

Polling

Declined

Declared

Candidates

Despite speculation that Kohl would retire to make way for his former Senate colleague Russ Feingold, Feingold did not enter the race. Other politicians thought to be likely candidates also declined to run, so Baldwin was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Democratic primary

Ultimately, Kohl announced in May 2011 that he would not run for re-election in 2012. [3], dismissed speculation about Kohl's potential retirement.Wisconsin Democratic Party, chairman of the Mike Tate, to run again, although in 2010, who lost his re-election bid Russ Feingold There was speculation that Kohl might decide to retire so as to allow [2]

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