Big Money Being Spent In Tightening Wisconsin Senate Race

Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 6:51 am

Less than two months remain until November’s elections, and outside groups are spending big bucks in Wisconsin. As the race for an open Wisconsin Senate seat shows signs of tightening, large amounts of cash are being spent advertising campaigns promoting both Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Tommy Thompson. Both are vying for the Senate seat previously occupied by Herb Kohl.

Independent groups have poured nearly $8.8 million into the race so far, based on a tally by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Two new polls released Wednesday show that Baldwin appears to have closed the gap and perhaps taken the lead from Thompson, the former governor.

A poll by Quinnipiac University shows both Baldwin and Thompson with 47% support. Thompson had led 50% to 44% in the last poll done a month ago.

But a Marquette University Law School poll has Baldwin leading 50% to 41%. That poll had a 4.2%age point margin of error.

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