Tommy Thompson: It's Mitt's fault I'm losing

The GOP Senate candidate blames "the presidential thing" for his declining poll numbers

Published September 20, 2012 7:29PM (EDT)

The most recent polling in Wisconsin shows that Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson has fallen behind Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin in the race for Senate. Thompson's explanation? Mitt Romney's also been flailing.

"The presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election," Thompson told WKOW in Madison Wednesday. "You know, whether you're a Democrat or Republican. If you're a standard-bearer for the presidency is not doing well, it's going to reflect on the down ballot."

The poll was out from Marquette University Law School, and showed that Baldwin is leading Thompson, the former governor, by 9 points. Last month, another poll from MULS showed Thompson ahead by 9 points.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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