Former Wisconsin Governor Thompson wins GOP Senate bid
The Associated Press & WTMJ News Team
Thompson speaks in WaukeshaPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
WAUKESHA- Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has won the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat the party is trying to capture for the first time in more than five decades.
Click on the video link to see Tommy Thompson's entire victory speech in Waukesha
The ex-governor and Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush defeated three GOP rivals during Tuesday's primary.
It marked Thompson's first time on the ballot since 1998. He advances to face Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Nov. 6 election.
The seat became open following the retirement of Democrat Herb Kohl.
The win follows a blistering primary in which hedge fund investor Eric Hovde invested nearly $5 million of his own money into the race. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald also sought the GOP nomination.