Republicans Face Off
GREEN BAY, WI --It's down to the final days of campaigning for the Wisconsin Republicans running for U.S. Senate.
GREEN BAY, WI --It's down to the final days of campaigning for the Wisconsin Republicans running for U.S. Senate. Video by nbc26.comvideo
GREEN BAY, WI --It's down to the final days of campaigning for the Wisconsin Republicans running for U.S. Senate. Thursday three of the candidates stopped in Northeast Wisconsin including the two frontrunners, Tommy Thompson and Eric Hovde.
The latest Marquette Law School poll shows Thompson leading the field with 28 percent support. He is followed by Hovde at 20 percent. Mark Neumann and Jeff Fitzgerald trail behind with 18 and 13 percent.
Thompson's lead over Hovde has shrunk to 8 points, down from a 19-point edge in June. Thursday both candidates are angled for undecided voters, hoping to get enough support to win.
As Tuesday's Republican Primary approaches frontrunners Tommy Thompson and Eric Hovde are giving it all they've got. Hovde spent the morning at American Custom Coverting in Green Bay talking up his ideas to strengthen the economy .
"If we don't change course quickly we are going to go off a financial cliff in the next two to four years which will devastate America," said Hovde.
Across town, Thompson and his supporters were at Titletown Brewery touting the former governor's political experience.
"Who is the one individual that you trust? Who is the one that can beat Tammy Baldwin in November?"said Thompson.
It's a tight race between the two according to the latest Marquette University Law Poll. Thompson has an eight point lead. He says he is cautiously optimistic as endorsements keep coming in and his volunteer base grows.
"The crowds are much more enthusatic, more volunteers showing up to make calls, more volunteers are showing up to go door to door," said Thompson.
But Hovde is not backing down. He's still hopeful.
"It always come down to either I'm in the lead or Tommy is in the lead and with five days out. I think that is where it is probably going to end up," said Hovde.
The poll says 20 percent of the votes are still up for grabs, and both sides are campaigning hard to reel them in.
Tuesday's winner will advance to face Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin on November 6th. She is running unopposed on the Democratic side.
Mark Neumann also campaigned in Northeast Wisconsin Thursday.
He stopped in Appleton as part of his Tea Party Express tour across the Badger state. Neumann talked about fixing the budget and tried to rally some last minute support.
"I think to keep dleivering that conservative message of balancing the budget repealing Obamacare and the fact that I've spent 30 years of my life here in Wisconsin creating Wisconsin jobs and Wisconsin businesses," said Neumann.
Assembly speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is encouraged going into Tuesday's primary. He says quote "I've been working hard on the campaign trail and you're seeing now that conservatives want a Walker-Republican, and I'm the only Walker-Republican in the race."