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Republicans relying on veteran Thompson to win Wisconsin , help swing Senate

Republicans are relying on a veteran Wisconsin lawmaker to make a political comeback and help them take control of the U.S. Senate.GOP candidate Tommy Thompson was the state governor for 14 years, but until this election cycle he had not been on a ballot since 1998.The 70-year-old Thompson survived a tough, four-candidate primary Tuesday and now faces seven-term Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who ran unopposed. They are competing for the open seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.Energized by GOP Gov. Scott Walker fending off a recall effort this spring and Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan this month being picked as the party’s vice presidential candidate, Republicans think they can win the seat and move closer to taking the Senate majority."Wisconsin is on a roll," Thompson said Tuesday after his primary victory.Republicans need a net gain for four seats to take control of the Senate, but the Kohl seat has been in Democratic hands since 1957, following the death of Republican Sen. Jo...

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