If the election for US Senate were held today, former Gov. Tommy Thompson would head to Washington over Democrat Tammy Baldwin, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.
Rasmussen's results show Thompson with an 11-point lead over Baldwin; 54 to 43 percent. Undecided voters came in at 3 percent and only 1 percent would choose someone else entirely.
The poll was conducted among 500 likely voters Aug. 15, the day after the Republican primary for the US Senate seat, with 4.5 percent margin of error.
After the poll was released, Thompson's campaign released the following statement from Darrin Schmitz, Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate general consultant:
"In the face of a new poll that shows her down by double digits, Tammy Baldwin is launching her general election campaign by going negative and using class warfare to distort Tommy Thompson's record and his proposals. Baldwin's tax plan will dramatically increase taxes on small businesses in Wisconsin, a recipe for economic disaster. The choice for Wisconsin voters is clear: more jobs under Tommy or more taxes under Baldwin."
Baldwin's campaign fired back, saying the Rasmussen Reports is hardly a credible source for accurate polling information:
"In the face of calls to release his tax returns, and after a testy and rattled exchange with the Wisconsin press corps on the first day of the general elction, Tommy Thompson is trying to distract voters by clinging to a widely discredited pollster who used to work for George W. Bush," said Tammy Baldwin for Senate Communications Director John Kraus, "Thompson can try to dodge and distract all he wants but the people of Wisconsin want to know why Tommy won't release his tax returns at the same time he is calling for tax breaks for millionaires like himself and tax increases for the middle class."
Among Patch GOP Insiders the day before the primary election, Thompson was picked as the best bet to beat Baldwin in November.
The most also put Thompson in the lead over Baldwin, 48 to 43 percent. That poll was conducted from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5, two weeks before the Aug. 14 primary.