UPDATE: Partisan Primary Today

UPDATED Tuesday, August 14, 2012 --- 8:00 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Primary election polls are open across Wisconsin.

A four-way Republican race for the U.S. Senate is at the top of the ticket and is the only statewide contest. Two congressional districts and dozens of legislative races are also on the ballot.

The state's Government Accountability Board predicts 20 percent of eligible voters will turn out for Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin. That's about 870,500 voters.

You don't need a photo ID to vote in this election, but you must sign the poll book. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 --- 5:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans hoping to win a Wisconsin Senate seat in Democratic hands for more than 50 years are deciding which of four candidates they want to move forward to the general election.

Tuesday's primary features former Gov. Tommy Thompson, state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann and political newcomer, businessman Eric Hovde.

The winner will advance to face U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in November. She is the only Democrat running.

Thompson is the most familiar candidate, having been in public life for nearly 50 years including 14 as governor. Neumann is the backing of many in the tea party movement while Hovde casts himself as the businessman outsider best positioned to tackle the federal debt. Fitzgerald ties himself closely to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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