8/14/2012 8:54:00 PM Thompson declared winner of U.S. Senate GOP Primary Swearingen wins GOP 34th District; Sommer wins Dem 12th Senate District; Van Buren wins Dems 34th Assembly Primarr; Schiek wins Oneida County DA Primary
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson (left) won the GOP U.S. Senate Primary Tuesday with 34 percent of the vote in a four-man field. Thompson was in Minocqua the day before the election. Here he meets with John Tonne, owner of Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty.
The local races
12 Senate District Democrat Primary
Susan Sommer was declared the winner in the 12th Senate District Democrat Primary. The results with 91 percent of the votes counted are as follows:
Susan Sommer 3,028
Lisa Theo 1,765
34th Assembly Republican and Democrat Primary
As of 10 p.m. the Republican 34th Assembly District Primary was declared for R. Swearingen. With 75 percent of the precincts reporting, the vote count was as follows:
R. Swearingen 3,670
A. Young 1,332
With 75 percent of the votes tallied in the Democrat primary:
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson won the U.S. Senate GOP Primary Tuesday night, garnering 34 percent of the vote among four candidates.
The final results from the election:
For the first time since 1998, Thompson has been on the ballot and he made the most of it by edging out Eric Hovde in a race that was close for much of the night.
With the far northern and southern counties of Wisconsin going with Thompson, he opened a five-percentage point lead, 35-30, over Hovde, who saw most of his strongest support coming from the Fox Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin. In the end, Thompson would finish with 34 percent of the vote, with Hovde ending with 31 percent.
It was a close race between the two all night, with businessman Mark Neumann coming in with 23 percent of the vote. Jeff Fitzgerald has garnered about 12 percent of the vote.
At 9 p.m., one hour after the polls closed, Hovde held a 34 percent to 32 percent lead over Thompson. Hovde was showing strong support in northeastern Wisconsin and the Fox Valley, including Green Bay and Brown County.
But it was Thompson, running strong across the state, especially in the northern and southern counties, who was the surprise - there were many leading up to Election Day who were still considered undecided according to polls taken as recent as a few days ago.
As of 9:30 p.m., Thompson saw his northern and southern support open a 34-31 percent lead over Hovde - a lead he maintained the rest of the night. In fact, by the 10 p.m. hour, Thompson gained another percentage point, coming in at that point with 34 percent to Hovde's 30 percent. Thirty minutes later, Thompson was showing the 5 percentage point lead.
At 10 p.m., with 73 percent of the state's precincts reporting, Thompson had 144,471 votes to Hovde's 128,564. At 10:30 p.m., Thompson increased his lead, 168,596-148,214.