Wisconsin Senate candidates to spar at first debate

U.S. Senate hopefuls Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson are getting ready to spar at their first debate.

The candidates are scheduled to meet at WMVS-TV’s studios in Milwaukee on Friday evening. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is sponsoring the event.

Baldwin, a Democrat, and Thompson, a Republican, will make statements and field questions from journalists.

Thompson is fighting to recover after polls last week showed the race was a dead heat or Baldwin in the lead. The former Wisconsin governor acknowledged his campaign was broke after the GOP primary in August. Karl Rove’s political action committee is pouring another $1.2 million into ads attacking Baldwin.

The candidates are scheduled to appear at two more debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election. All the debates will be broadcast statewide.

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