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Preview: Baldwin, Thompson Race a Fight to the Finish


LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)—Among the most contested races on Tuesday's ballot for Wisconsin voters is the contest for U.S. Senate.

Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin and former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson are fighting to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, who was first elected to the Senate in 1988.

The latest Marquette Law School poll, released last week, has Baldwin leading Thompson among likely voters by four percentage points, with five percent undecided.

At a final stop in La Crosse Monday, Thompson says he's confident in his chances, even if he trails in the polls.

"I feel very confident. I spent all weekend traveling from Hudson to Green Bay to Milwaukee to Superior to Ashland and all points in between, and the crowds are enthusiastic," Thompson said. "I know the polls say it's close, but the polls aren't picking up the enthusiasm on our side."

Meanwhile Rep. Baldwin spent time in La Crosse over the weekend. She says she doesn't rely too much on polls and wants to continue courting voters, right up to the last second.

"You see all the polls that take place over time, but the only one that matters is the one on November 6," Baldwin said. "And these volunteers are the ones who are talking to the voters, perhaps the last person who talks to them before they walk in and cast their vote. So, I'm deeply appreciative."

The race between Baldwin and Thompson is one of the closest Senate races in the country. If Thompson wins, it would be the first time since the 1950s that Wisconsin was represented by two Republican Senators. Joe McCarthy was the last Republican to hold Sen. Kohl's seat in 1957.

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