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UPDATE: Former Gov. Thompson wins GOP Senate bid

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WAUKESHA (WAOW) -

The hotly contested republican U.S. senate primary has crowned winner. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson told supporters he is one step closer to capturing the seat for the republicans.

"Wisconsin is on a roll!" Thompson said as he made his way into his campaign headquarters in Waukesha.

This race marked Thompson's first time on the ballot since 1998. He has run in six state-wide elections, and after Tuesday's victory, he is undefeated.

"We're taking the state, and the country back," Thompson said.

Thompson beat out three other candidates, including businessman Eric Hovde in a close race. But, he credited his strong political background for getting him to the top.

"I did this for my children, your children are the reason I'm going to shake hands like I've never shook hands before," Thompson promised.

As the crowd began to cheer his name, Thompson told supporters he's one step closer to balancing the budget and boosting the economy.

"No more post postponing, no more delays," Thompson said.

But, the former governor did recognize that Tuesday's victory was just the beginning. Now, the real work begins as he prepares to take on Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the November election.

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Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has won the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat the party is trying to capture for the first time in more than five decades.

The ex-governor and Health and Human Services secretary under President George W. Bush defeated three GOP rivals during Tuesday's primary.

It marked Thompson's first time on the ballot since 1998. He advances to face Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the Nov. 6 election.

The seat became open following the retirement of Democrat Herb Kohl.

Millionaire hedge fund investor Eric Hovde, former

The win follows a blistering primary in which hedge fund investor Eric Hovde invested nearly $5 million of his own money into the race. U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald also sought the GOP nomination.

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