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Tommy Thompson (Wisconsin)

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Tommy Thompson
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
Prior offices
Governor of Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D.University of Wisconsin Law School
Date of birthNovember 19, 1941
ReligionRoman Catholic
Campaign website
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Tommy Thompson (b. November 19, 1941) was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin. He lost in the general election.[1]


Thompson was previously the governor of Wisconsin and served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush.[2]


Tommy outlined his RESTORE plan on his campaign website:[3] "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."



See also: United States Senate elections in Wisconsin, 2012

Thompson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Wisconsin. He ran on the Republican ticket,[4] having defeated Mark Neumann, Jeff Fitzgerald, and Eric Hovde in the August 14 Republican primary.[5] He lost to Tammy Baldwin (D) in the general election.[1]

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.[6] 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.[6] 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."[6]

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.[7]

U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Baldwin 51.5% 1,544,274
     Republican Tommy Thompson 45.9% 1,377,253
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 2.1% 61,904
     Independent Nimrod Allen III 0.5% 16,326
Total Votes 2,999,757
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State "Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Tammy Baldwin vs. Tommy Thompson
Poll Tommy Thompson Tammy BaldwinAnother CandidateNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (November 2, 2012
Rasmussen Poll (October 28,2012)
Quinnipiac University (August 23,2012)
Rasmussen Poll (August 15, 2012)
Rasmussen Poll (July 25, 2012)
AVERAGES 48.2% 46% 2% 3.8% +/-4.06 688
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Thompson's reports.[8]

Tommy Thompson Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$539,712.26$6,680,012.46$(428,610.53)$779,114.19
July Quarterly[10]June 30, 2012$779,114.19$827,887.45$(865,382.80)$741,618.84
Running totals


Thompson is married with three children and eight grandchildren.[11]

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