1/30/12 – The number of Republican candidates trying to replace Herb Kohl in the U.S. Senate is down to three. That’s after State Senator Frank Lasee dropped out of the race yesterday. The De Pere Republican said he and his wife Amy concluded that it’s not the right time to run. Lasee thanked his supporters and asked voters to elect a quote, “real conservative” to the Senate this fall. A recent Marquette Law School poll showed that voters throughout Wisconsin were not nearly as familiar with Lasee as with the other four Senate candidates of both parties. Almost four-of-every-five voters surveyed did not know enough about Lasee to form an opinion, with the G-O-P primary seven-and-a-half months away. The three Republican’s still in the running include former Governor Tommy Thompson, State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon and former Congressman Mark Neumann. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is the only declared Democratic candidate.