GOP Senate race looks tighter in new Law School Poll results

The complex and eye-catching four-candidate race for the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat is getting tighter as the Aug. 14 primary draws near, according to results released Wednesday by the Marquette Law School Poll.

The extensive polling project, which has been tracking trends in the race for months, found that former Gov. Tommy Thompson continues to lead among likely voters, but his margins have narrowed and the race as a whole is closer than at previous times. In the new results, Thompson drew support from 28% of likely voters, compared to 20% for businessman Eric Hovde, 18% for former Rep. Mark Neumann, and 13% for Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. A noteable 21% of likely voters say they are undecided.

Looking to November’s presidential voting, President Barack Obama leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Rommney, 50% to 45%. A month ago, the Law School poll put Obama up 51% to 43%. In general, the presidential race has been stable in Wisconsin since May, poll director Charles Franklin said.

Full results of the poll can be found at

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