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Tommy Thompson to end his political career after U.S. Senate loss

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Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson says his defeat in the U.S. Senate race ends his political career, but he plans to keep working for the people of the state.

Thompson was emotional and reflective in his concession speech last night after he was defeated by Democrat Tammy Baldwin. He said he ran for the Senate because he loves Wisconsin and he wanted to spend his last years serving the people of the state again.

Thompson has had a long political career, starting in the Legislature in the 1960s, through his time as Wisconsin governor from 1987 to 2001.

He told supporters in his concession speech that he felt he let them down by not winning, but those in the audience shouted “no” in response.

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