Red, White and Blue: Tammy vs. Tommy for U.S. Senate

Madison Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, a Republican, are starting their campaigns Wednesday for November's general election.

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More: Election results by county | Complete election results | Thompson's victory speech | Hovde's concession speech | Steve Chamraz's story at the Thompson camp. | Tom Murray's story at the Hovde camp | Annie Scholz's story at the Neumann camp | Lacey Crisp's story at the Fitzgerald camp

(Photos: TODAY'S TMJ4/Journal Sentinel)

  • MILWAUKEE - The final race to fill outgoing Democratic Senator Herb Kohl's seat is now underway.

    Madison Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, a Republican, are starting their campaigns Wednesday for November's general election.

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  • Thompson won Tuesday night's GOP primary.

    He earned about 34 percent of the vote, with Madison businessman Eric Hovde finishing second at 31 percent.

    Former Wisconsin Congressman Mark Neumann earned 3rd place at 23 percent, with Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald at 12 percent.

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  • During his Tuesday night victory speech, Thompson got the crowd going with the kind of energy he had while serving Wisconsin as Governor.

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  • "We've got 83 days left, and I need your help," said Thompson.

    "I want you to drink a beer tonight, a Wisconsin beer, and I want you to help me win this state as a Republican, a mission we are all on, and we are going to do it, ladies and gentlemen," uttered Thompson during his speech.

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  • Thompson said he got a call from GOP Presidential running mate and Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan while he was on the campaign trail. 

    Ryan congratulated him on the win, and said Wisconsin is going to lead the nation back to prosperity.

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  • Meanwhile, Baldwin said she would speak at a news conference on Wednesday morning.

    She explained that she was ready for the battle against Thompson.

    Baldwin appeared at the Highbury Bar in Bay View on Tuesday night and thanked supporters for their help.
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  • She made it clear that the fight had just been joined, and the next few months would be critical to getting elected to the U.S. Senate.

    "This election is about those realities faced by Wisconsin families.  I've come here to tell the people of Wisconsin that I will give them a voice.  I believe Wisconsin deserves a U.S. Senator who is unafraid to take on the big money special interests of Washington, D.C.," said Baldwin.

    Baldwin was to speak at Helios Solar Works at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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  • Hovde called for unity behind former Governor Thompson.

    He said the most important mission is to defeat Tammy Baldwin in November, and also told TODAY'S TMJ4 this would likely  be his last run for office.

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  • "You can never say never, but the likelihood is very slim.  It's not something I aspired to be.  Politics wasn't a goal in my life.  I don't need my ego stroked with titles like this," Hovde told TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray.

    Hovde said he would be at peace stepping out of the spotlight.

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  • The men who finished third and fourth in the primary were also disappointed that things did not go as hoped, but both Neumann and Fitzgerald said there was still a lot to do.

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  • "Our work is not done. America is in serious trouble, depending on the outcome of this race," claimed Neumann.

    "It didn't go as we'd hoped, but we ran a good, positive race," explained Fitzgerald.

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  • Former Gov. Tommy Thompson speaks to the crowd at a primary night gathering Tuesday at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. MORE PHOTOS Mark Hoffman

  • Campaign manager Ryan Burchfield (left) listens to former Gov. Tommy Thompson speak to the crowd at a primary night gathering at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Wis. Thompson won the primary and will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin to succeed Sen. Herb Kohl, who decided to to run for reelection. Mark Hoffman

  • With one of his grandchildren in the foreground with a camera, former Gov. Tommy Thompson speaks to the crowd at a primary night gathering at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Wis. Thompson won the primary and will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin to succeed Sen. Herb Kohl, who decided to to run for reelection. Mark Hoffman

  • Longtime supporter and aide James Klauser (left) listens as former Gov. Tommy Thompson speaks to the crowd at a primary night gathering at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Wis. Thompson won the primary and will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin to succeed Sen. Herb Kohl, who decided to to run for reelection. Mark Hoffman

  • Supporters clamor to seefFormer Gov. Tommy Thompson speak to the crowd at a primary night gathering at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Wis. Thompson won the primary and will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin to succeed Sen. Herb Kohl, who decided to to run for reelection. Mark Hoffman

  • Former Gov. Tommy Thompson speaks to the crowd at a primary night gathering Tuesday at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. Thompson won the primary. Mark Hoffman

  • Former Gov. Tommy Thompson speaks to the crowd at a primary night gathering Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Wis. Thompson won the primary and will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin to succeed Sen. Herb Kohl, who decided to to run for reelection. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Mark Hoffman

  • Mark Neumann, former U.S. Representative, speaks alongside Sue, his wife, and other family during an election night party at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel after four candidates for the U.S. Senate faced off in the Republican primary. Tommy Thompson, the winner of the primary, will face Democrat Tammy Baldwin, to replace current U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, who is retiring. Chris Wilson

  • Supporters of Jeff Fitzgerald gather at Riverside Brewery and Restaurant for the election night party as they wait for the results of the Senate face off in the Wisconsin's Republican primary. Kyle Grillot

  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, watches with his family as the Senate face off comes to a close in the Wisconsin's Republican primary.

  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, watches as the Senate face off comes to a close in the Wisconsin's Republican primary.

  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, gives his concession speech as the Senate face off comes to a close in the Wisconsin's Republican primary.

  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, shakes the hands of his supporters as the Senate face off comes to a close in the Wisconsin's Republican primary.

  • Mark Neumann, former U.S. Representative, speaks alongside Sue, his wife, and other family during an election night party at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel on after four candidates for the U.S. Senate faced off in the Republican primary. Tommy Thompson, the winner of the primary, will face Democrat Tammy Baldwin, to replace current U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, who is retiring. Chris Wilson

  • Mark Neumann, former U.S. Representative, speaks alongside Sue, his wife, and other family during an election night party at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel after four candidates for the U.S. Senate faced off in the Republican primary. Tommy Thompson, the winner of the primary, will face Democrat Tammy Baldwin, to replace current U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, who is retiring. Chris Wilson

  • Mark Neumann, former U.S. Representative, speaks alongside Sue, his wife, during an election night party at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel after four candidates for the U.S. Senate faced off in the Republican primary. Tommy Thompson, the winner of the primary, will face Democrat Tammy Baldwin, to replace current U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, who is retiring. Chris Wilson

  • Eric Hovde, Wisconsin Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, conceeds the election with his wife gather for an election night party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald in the Senate primary. The winner will challenge Tammy Baldwin in the general election. Rick Wood

  • Eric Hovde, Wisconsin Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, conceeds the election with his wife gather for an election night party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald in the Senate primary. The winner will challenge Tammy Baldwin in the general election. Rick Wood

  • Eric Hovde, Wisconsin Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, conceeds the election with his wife Sharon and daughters Carlin and Brita as they gather for an election night party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald in the Senate primary. The winner will challenge Tammy Baldwin in the general election. Rick Wood

  • Mark Neumann supporters Tim Cogswell (center) and his wife, Kathy Cogswell, talk to Mike Oberlies, a Neumann campaign director at an election night party at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel on Tuesday. Chris Wilson

  • Mark Neumann supporters arrive early for an election night party at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel on Tuesday. Chris Wilson

  • Waiting for former Gov. Tommy Thompson to speak to the crowd at a primary night gathering, Outagamie County campaign coordinator Michael Stouffer (left) speaks with James Glapinski at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. Mark Hoffman

  • Supporters of Eric Hovde, Wisconsin Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, cheer returns as they gather for an election night party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald in the Senate primary. The winner will challenge Tammy Baldwin in the general election. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Rick Wood

  • State Republican Senator Franke Lasse expresses his suport to Supporters of Eric Hovde, Wisconsin Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, gather for an election night party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald in the Senate primary. The winner will challenge Tammy Baldwin in the general election. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Rick Wood

  • Supporters of Eric Hovde, Wisconsin Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, watch the concession speech from Jeff Fitzgerald as they gather for an election night party at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald in the Senate primary. The winner will challenge Tammy Baldwin in the general election. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Rick Wood