Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson files to run for Senate

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Posted: Oct 04, 2011 2:08 PM
Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson files to run for Senate

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) - Former Wisconsin governor Tommy G. Thompson filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday declaring his run for the Senate.

Thompson, a Republican, wants to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Herb Kohl, a four-term Democrat. Thompson had already announced his intention to run for the seat last month.

The seat is also being contested by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat and one of the few openly gay members of Congress.

(Additional reporting by Jeff Mayers; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Jerry Norton)