Red, White and Blue

Polls open for GOP Senate, other primary elections

CREATED Aug. 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 14, 2012

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WAUKESHA - Polls for the Tuesday August primary election are open across Wisconsin.

Four GOP Senate candidates were to battle it out to advance to the general election in November.

Horicon Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, Madison businessman Eric Hovde, former Wisconsin Congressman Mark Neumann and former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson were to face off in Tuesday's primary.

The winner would face Madison Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, who is running unopposed, for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl.

Democrats have held that seat for more than 50 years, but four Republicans hope to change that.

"You want to go with a winner, somebody that can win," said Thompson.  "Do not lose your vote on somebody who cannot carry the state of Wisconsin."

"It is an election between Governor Thompson and me.  I don't know how it's going to turn out, but I like where the numbers are tracking," claimed Hovde.

"I'm the guy who is battle tested.  I'm the guy who just went through it," said Fitzgerald.  "Myself and Governor (Scott) Walker reformed the state of Wisconsin."

"I'm the only candidate who has written a detailed plan to cut our deficit by cutting spending by a five-year period of time," said Neumann.

All four candidates plan to cast their own ballots, then get out the vote.

Thompson was to vote in Madison, Hovde was to head to Glendale to visit voters at 9:00 a.m., Neumann was to vote in Oconomowoc and Fitzgerald was to host a viewing party.

Polls will remain open until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.