But they think Tommy Thompson has a better chance of beating Tammy Baldwin. Two third would also like to see Mark Neumann and Jeff Fitzgerald drop out. Ain't gonna happen. Meanwhile, the Daily Caller ran a piece yesterday where Hovde said the Club for Growth should have endorsed him. Which prompted the CFG to call Hovde a "tax raising liberal," which is absurd.
I believe Hovde's best bet is to try to stay above the negative advertising. It's how he got where he is. Neumann's attack ad launched yesterday against Hovde reminded voters of 2010 and I don't think it will help him, especially because much of the ad contains unfair attacks. A mud bath could benefit Jeff Fitzgerald, if he's got the money to capitalize on it. But Hovde and Neumann at each other's throats, either directly or through surrogates, has the Thompson campaign smiling the most.