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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 10:13 PM 

Van Hollen primes Thompson supporters for victory

With Tommy Thompson maintaining his lead over businessman Eric Hovde, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was preparing the crowd for a win as multiple people in the audience asked "Is it over?"

"Is it a great night to be a Tommy Thompson Republican?" Van Hollen, who was introduced as the honorary co-chair of the campaign, said to cheers.

Van Hollen noted that the conservative base in Wisconsin was built upon the work that Thompson did as governor. He thanked supporters and "grassroots activists" for their hard work on the campaign.

Meanwhile, the rest of the room is awaiting Thompson himself, who has been watching results in a room upstairs. While it's not official yet, campaign consultant Darrin Schmitz was quick to refer to Thompson as the "senator-elect."

"Well, on our way, anyway," Schmitz added.

-- By Jason Smathers


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