Conservatives eye Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race

Poll shows Thompson has lead

Published On: Jun 20 2012 12:59:57 PM CDT
Tommy Thompson Generic Photo 2012
MADISON, Wis. -

Insurgent conservative Republicans have shaken up U.S. Senate races across the country and they also have their eye on taking out former Gov. Tommy Thompson in a GOP primary that's two months away.

But a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows that Thompson still has the upper hand.

The poll shows Thompson with 34 percent support among likely voters in the Aug. 14 primary. He is followed by former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann at 16 percent, hedge fund manager Eric Hovde at 14 percent, and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald at 10 percent.

Twenty-five percent were undecided.

The random telephone poll of 344 likely primary voters was conducted June 13 through Saturday and has a margin of error plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.