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WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) -- A campaign staffer for former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson tells 27 News that Thompson will run for the U.S. Senate.

Former fundraising manager Phil Prange says Thompson will not be attending Saturday's GOP convention because he is returning from overseas, but supporters plastered the walls with "Tommy for U.S. Senate signs."

Earlier this week, Thompson said he would run if Rep. Paul Ryan did not.

Rep. Paul Ryan announced Monday that he would remain in Congress.

Last week, Democratic Senator Herb Kohl announced he would not seek re-election in 2012. Kohl has served in the senate for the last 24 years.

Other names suggested for the seat include: Republican Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald, his brother Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and former Congressman Mark Neumann. 

On the Democratic side: Congressman Ron Kind, Congressman Tammy Baldwin, and former Senator Russ Feingold are all mentioned as possible candidates.

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