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Polls give Romney, Thompson edge in races


UNDATED (WSAU) – Republicans Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson lead their respective races for president and U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, according to new polling data.

The Public Policy Polling survey of 609 likely voters gives Romney a seven-point lead over Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s G-O-P presidential primary in Wisconsin. Romney had a 43-to-36 percent edge over Santorum. Ron Paul had 11-percent, and Newt Gingrich eight-percent.

It was the fifth poll in the last week that gave Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, a 5-to-10 lead in Wisconsin.

In the U.S. Senate race, 38 percent of voters favor Thompson – a former Wisconsin governor and federal health secretary – over 25 percent for former Congressman Mark Neumann and 18 percent for outgoing Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. Hedge fund manager Eric Hovde (huv-dee) was not mentioned in the survey, and 19-percent were undecided.

The winner of the Republican primary on August 14th will go up against U-S House Democrat Tammy Baldwin in November for the Senate seat to be given up this fall by Kohl.

Both polls had a margin of error of plus-or-minus four percent.