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Four U.S. Senate candidates face off in Republican debate


There are just four days left until next week's primary election.  On Friday night, voters got one last chance to hear from the republican candidates for U.S. Senate.

If this week's Marquette Law School poll is any indication, the race for the republican U.S. Senate candidate could be a close one. The latest numbers show former Governor Tommy Thompson leading the pack with 28 percent. Thompson said he plans to help boost the economy and get rid of the nation's debt.

"We don't like the direction the federal government is going and I want to stop it and I know I can," said Thompson. "And that's why I'm running."

Businessman Eric Hovde is close behind Thompson in the latest poll. This is his first time running for office, but Hovde said his experience in the private sector will help him create jobs on a bigger scale.

"It's private sector decisions that will make far better, informed decisions on where to allocate capital in investment and grow our economy," said Hovde.

Former Congressman Mark Neumann is just behind Hovde in the poll. Much of his campaign has focused on repealing President Obama's health care program.

"If they elect conservatives like myself to the United States Senate, he's absolutely right in understanding and assuming we are going to repeal the Obamacare bill," said Neumann.

After playing a role in the historic collective bargaining debate, State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald wants to take his message to the national level. The poll has him trailing the other three, but he said he's not giving up.

"I'm different because I'm battle-tested," said Fitzgerald. "I was one of about three guys that was in the room when I decided we were going to take this state back."

The debate took place in Milwaukee. And even though they did have differences, they are all republicans -- as the moderator pointed out.

This race could really tip in any direction, since the latest poll showed about one in five voters is still undecided. But Friday night's debate may have swayed some voters to pick sides.

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