Tommy Thompson (Wisconsin)
|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin|
|Governor of Wisconsin|
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|J.D.||University of Wisconsin Law School|
|Birthday||November 19, 1941|
Thompson was previously the governor of Wisconsin and served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush.
Tommy outlined his RESTORE plan on his campaign website: "Governor Thompson has announced RESTORE policy initiatives that tackle our country’s most pressing economic issues, including:
- Tackling our burgeoning debt through entitlement and budget reform;
- Repealing Obamacare and replacing it with market-based solutions;
- Boosting our economy through tax simplification and reduction;
- Reforming our budget process and cutting wasteful spending, such as excessive federal worker pay; and
- Enacting a pro-growth energy policy."
Thompson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Wisconsin. He ran on the Republican ticket, having defeated Mark Neumann, Jeff Fitzgerald, and Eric Hovde in the August 14 Republican primary. He lost to Tammy Baldwin (D) in the general election.
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013. The seat, rated a toss-up, was one that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believed could be decided by the party's nomination. The articles believed Thompson would have a significant edge in the general election. According to the article, "Given the current state of these toss ups, it’s not a stretch to think that a Thompson victory in Wisconsin could end up giving Republicans their 51st Senate seat."
Two democratic political action committees, Majority PAC and Women Vote! spent money running ads against Hovde and Thompson. Majority PAC spent $370,000 and Women Vote! spent $420,000. Overall, $3.4 million were spent by outside groups about Republican candidates in the senate primary race.
|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, General Election, 2012|
|Independent||Nimrod Allen III||0.5%||16,326|
|Source: Wyoming Secretary of State "Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson|
|Poll||Tommy Thompson||Tammy Baldwin||Another Candidate||Not sure||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Rasmussen Reports (November 2, 2012||48%||48%||1%||2%||+/-4||750|
|Rasmussen Poll (October 28,2012)||48%||47%||2%||4%||+/-4.5||500|
|Quinnipiac University (August 23,2012)||50%||44%||1%||4%||+/-2.8||1,190|
|Rasmussen Poll (August 15, 2012)||54%||43%||1%||3%||+/-4.5||500|
|Rasmussen Poll (July 25, 2012)||41%||48%||5%||6%||+/-4.5||500|
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|Tommy Thompson Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$539,712.26||$6,680,012.46||$(428,610.53)||$779,114.19|
|July Quarterly||June 30, 2012||$779,114.19||$827,887.45||$(865,382.80)||$741,618.84|
Thompson is married with three children and eight grandchildren.
- CNN "Wisconsin Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
- Campaign website "Bio"
- Campaign website "Issues"
- Hudson, WI Patch, "Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson Files Senate Papers With Federal Election Commission," accessed January 6, 2012
- WISN Primary Results
- Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" accessed April 9, 2012
- iWatch News, "Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup" accessed August 16, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Tommy Thompson's Summary Report," accessed October 8, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed October 8, 2012
- Campaign website "Bio"