MILWAUKEE (WXOW) -- A new Marquette Law School poll shows former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson leading the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
The poll, released Wednesday, shows the race has tightened with Thompson continuing to lead the race with support of 35 percent of likely primary voters, with businessman Eric Hovde holding with support of 23 percent. Hovde's support is up 9 points from mid-June. Thompson's support was 34 percent in the June poll.
Public Policy Polling released a poll Tuesday showing Eric Hovde leading the race with a 31-29 lead over Tommy Thompson.
The Marquette Law School poll also shows former Congressman Mark Neumann is supported by 10 percent, while Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is at 6 percent. Neumann was at 16 percent in June, compared to Fitzgerald's 10 percent. Twenty-five percent of likely voters remain undecided.
In match ups against Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Thompson receives 45 percent Baldwin's 41 percent, a difference that is within the margin of error of the poll. Last month, Thompson had 49 percent to Baldwin's 41 percent.
When matched against Hovde, Baldwin receives 44 percent to Hovde's 38 percent. Baldwin receives 43 percent to Neumann's 40 percent. Baldwin also receives 43 percent to Fitzgerald's 37 percent. All four match ups are within the margin of error of the poll. In June, Baldwin and Neumann were tied at 44 percent each; Baldwin held a 45-36 advantage over Hovde and a 45-39 margin over Fitzgerald.
In the presidential race, President Barack Obama leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 51 percent to 43 percent. In mid-June, Obama had 49 percent to Romney's 43 percent. The presidential race has remained stable since late May when Obama also led 51-43.
According to the latest poll by Public Policy Polling, President Barack Obama holds a 50-44 lead on Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.
The Marquette Law School poll was conducted July 5-8 by both landline and cell phone. The November match ups for 810 likely voters have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, while the result for 432 likely voters in the Republican primary has a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percentage points.
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