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Rep. Baldwin 'likely' to run for Senate in 2012


MADISON (WKOW) -- After Friday's announcement former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold won't be running for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's seat, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has become a frontrunner for the democratic party.

27 News asked the representative about it Sunday at the Capitol Pride Parade.

She said she's still thinking about it, but expect to find out her answer soon.

"At these crossroads I'm making this major decision, I'm likely to run but will make an announcement in the next couple of weeks," said Rep. Tammy Baldwin, (D) Wisconsin.

At the Capitol Pride Parade, Congresswoman Baldwin and supporters held signs that read "Tammy Baldwin 2012." What she's running for is noticeably missing from the signs.

She says her focus in Washington, will be to support the middle class.

Meanwhile Brian Schimming, Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin says the likelihood of Former Governor Tommy Thompson to run for senate next year is at about 90%.

"I think that he's moving into the exploratory phase and closer to an announcement right now he just announced his co-chairs and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. People don't announce what the co-chairs of their campaign might be unless they're serious about running," said Brian Schimming, Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

He says another person picking up the buzz is Former Congressman Mark Neumann.

Schimming says Thompson is the frontrunner.

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