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Friday, May 11, 2012

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Rasmussen poll: Thompson leads Baldwin in Senate race; other matchups close

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows former Gov. Tommy Thompson leading U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in a hypothetical U.S. Senate matchup, while contests between Baldwin and two other GOP candidates were within the margin of error.

Respondents favored Thompson 50-38 over Baldwin, D-Madison, with 5 percent supporting another candidate and 7 percent undecided.

Baldwin trailed former GOP U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann 44-42, according to the same poll, but led Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, 45-41. Both those questions showed 4 percent supporting another candidate and 9 percent undecided.

The poll included 500 likely voters surveyed May 9 by an automated telephone system. The margin of error was plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points.

The survey did not include Madison businessman Eric Hovde, who announced his bid for the GOP nomination in March and has been up on TV since early April. The poll also did not seek a preference in the upcoming primary between the GOP candidates.

Rasmussen also released the results of polling in the presidential race in Wisconsin, showing Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 49-45. That survey also included 500 likely voters on May 9, and had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points.

Dems generally dismiss Rasmussen polling as favoring Republicans.

-- By Andy Szal


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