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UPDATE: Fitzgerald concedes in race for U.S. Senate, throws support to Republicans

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald conceded in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate candidacy. He said he will support who ever won Tuesday's election. Former Governor Tommy Thompson won the nomination, with a victory over three other candidates.

Fitzgerald thanked his family and supporters at the Riverside Brewery in West Bend, which was his campaign headquarters on Election Day. He said working on the campaign trail was quite the journey, as he tried to spread his message across the state. Even though the results didn't turn out in his favor, Fitzgerald said he has no regrets.

"I'm glad I ran this campaign the way I did and I think it's a good, positive step," said Fitzgerald. "I'm proud of the campaign we ran."

Fitzgerald said his goal was to run a good, clean campaign. He said he will now put his support behind Thompson as he tries to earn the seat held by Senator Herb Kohl, who is retiring. Thompson will run against Democrat Tammy Baldwin for the seat.

"I think it's a very important seat that we have to win here in Wisconsin," said Fitzgerald. "I think as Wisconsin goes, the U.S. Senate will probably go along with it."

Fitzgerald said he's not sure what he plans to do in the future, but still holds his seat as the assembly speaker until January. He said he'll see how it goes after that.

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Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is one of four Republicans hoping to be the U.S. Senate candidate in November's election. Last week's Marquette Law poll showed him to be in last place, but he has told voters he's not giving up. 

Fitzgerald played a role in the historic collective bargaining debate, supporting Governor Scott Walker during the past two years. He has been representing the 39th Assembly district since 2000. Fitzgerald says he is battle-tested and ready to take his message to the national level. 

Among other issues, Fitzgerald says he plans to focus on jobs, protecting family farms and balancing the national budget, using Wisconsin's budget-balancing as a template. He has pledged to oppose tax increases and improve the education policy.

Newsline 9's Anna Carrera will be at Fitzgerald's campaign headquarters in West Bend and bring you updates through the day on Twitter. You can follow her -- @acarrera_waow -- or see updates on @WAOW. Newsline 9 will continue to update this story through the day on WAOW.com.

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