Both candidates have faced a tidal wave of negative television ads from the opposing campaign and the outside groups spending heavily on both sides. Baldwin and her allies have focused on Thompson's post-gubernatorial career, arguing his work at a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm and on the boards of several corporations reflect a change in priorities from his time as governor. Thompson and the conservative groups have painted Baldwin as too extreme for Wisconsin, arguing she is to the left of Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
on several issues.
The attack ads seem to have gained traction on both sides. Asked whether they agree that Thompson "sold out to special interests and isn't working for you anymore," 49 percent of likely voters agreed with the statement while 41 percent disagreed. When asked whether they agree that Baldwin "is one of the most liberal members of Congress and is too liberal for Wisconsin," the results were the same: 49 percent agreed and 41 percent disagreed.
The Marquette Law School poll, conducted Oct. 11 through Oct. 14, surveyed 870 likely voters, for a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.4 percentage points.
UPDATE: After the Marquette poll was released, Baldwin's campaign unveiled
an internal poll Wednesday showing the Democrat with a slight edge. Baldwin leads Thompson 48 percent to 44 percent in the internal.
The Feldman Group conducted the poll for Baldwin from Oct. 14 through Oct. 16. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.