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Tammy Baldwin's campaign remains upbeat despite huge deficit in polls


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - 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.

Both leads are beyond the polls’ margins of error.

Baldwin was tied with Thompson in the firm’s last head-to-head poll in July, while Marquette had the former governor up by 5 points back then.

The Marquette poll also showed that Thompson is doing well with independents, and that Baldwin still has a problem with name recognition. The poll said almost 1 in 3 voters still don’t have an opinion about her.

Dean Debnam, the head of Public Policy Polling, said Thompson has unified Republicans and, “Tammy Baldwin has her work cut out for her.” But John Kraus of the Baldwin camp says the polls have had, “more ups and downs than a roller coaster.” And he promised that Baldwin would earn people’s support as she fights to, “do what’s right for Wisconsin’s middle class.”

Thompson spokesman Darrin Schmitz said the new polls show the trust that voters have in the former governor to, “get government spending under control, keep taxes low, and create the kind of jobs that will make Wisconsin families stronger.”