KEWAUNEE - The Republican primary race for Wisconsin's U.S. senate seat could be tightening.
On its Twitter page, the national polling company, Public Policy Polling said, "Eric Hovde has a small lead over Tommy Thompson on the Wisconsin Senate poll we'll release tomorrow (Tuesday)."
"That is a Democrat polling place," said Thompson in Kewaunee. "If they are a Democrat polling place they don't want me in the race, so they are going to manufacture and make the polls skewed so that they show somebody else because they know if I get the nomination, which I'm going to, I'm going to beat Tammy Baldwin."
Thompson points to the Marquette Law School poll released three weeks ago. He was the only Republican with a head-to-head edge over the lone Democrat in the race, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin.
The same poll also had Thompson with an 18% point lead over his nearest competitor, Mark Neumann.
However Hovde and Baldwin's campaigns say their internal polling reveals the race is now a dead heat between Thompson and Hovde.
"From everything I've seen over the last few months, meeting with people and discussions, it's always been a two-man race," said Hovde.
With more than a month before the general election, Neumann argues the race is just getting started.
"I think as we get our ads on the air to compete with the millions that have been spent by the Hovde team I think you'll see the conservatives come home to the most conservative candidate in this race, that being myself," said Neumann.
Baldwin's campaign says it doesn't matter who wins the August 14th Republican primary.
"It's up to the Republican primary voters to figure it out," said John Kraus, a spokesperson for Baldwin's campaign. "Based on the polling that's come out recently, it looks like they are having a hard time figuring out who to select as their nominee."
Our calls to Republican candidate Jeff Fitzgerald were not returned. Marquette Law School's next poll is set to be released on Wednesday.
The general election is set for November 6th.
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