Thompson With Big Lead in Latest Polls

Tammy Baldwin’s campaign remains upbeat, after two new polls showed her trailing Republican Tommy Thompson by up to nine points for the state’s open U-S Senate seat. Thompson, the former governor and Bush health secretary, led 50-to-41 percent in the latest Marquette Law School poll. And the Public Policy Polling firm had Baldwin, the U-S House Democrat from Madison, trailing Thompson 49-44. Baldwin was tied with Thompson in the firm’s last head-to-head poll in July, while Marquette had the former governor up by five points back then. Dean Debnam, the head of Public Policy Polling, said Thompson has unified Republicans and quote, “Tammy Baldwin has her work cut out for her.”