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The US Senate race in Wisconsin is going on and Eric Hovde's candidacy adds some spice to it. The intraparty competition within the Republican Party and the selective focus of issues presented the debate for a thrilling and closely watched campaign leading up to the November election.
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Republican Eric Hovde Launches Senate Campaign, Vying Against Sen. Tammy Baldwin

United Sates – Republican businessman/real estate mogul Eric Hovde released his bid for the U.S. Senate against the Wisconsin Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin today saying in a video statement that “America is slipping away” and “everything is going in the wrong direction.”

Competitive Landscape

This is Hovde’ second Senate campaign; he was in 2012 a Senate hopeful but lost to former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the GOP primary. However, in this year’s election, he won and is currently running for a third term in critical Wisconsin.

Hovde’s first campaign event was scheduled for later Tuesday, with his company’s real estate event taking place at a building. In the video on his campaign website, Hovde mentioned money matters, healthcare, safety, and the open borders as something he will work on during the political campaign, as reported by Associated Press.

“I believe we need to come together and find commonsense solutions,” Hovde said in the video.

Baldwin’s Key Focus

Baldwin’s reelection to a third term is vital for the Democrats’ shot at maintaining majority control of Senate. In November, the Democrats will have to defend their 23 Senate seats, including two seats held by independents caucusing with them. That’s only half of the 22 seats that Democrats need to flip compared to just 11 seats that Republicans hope to keep in their column.

Hovde has been endorsed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but some other Republicans are also looking forward to challenging him for the nomination. In addition to Scott Mayer, a Franklin businessman, and David Clarke, the ex-Sheriff of Milwaukee County, are also mulling over Senate runs. Lesser-known Republicans, like U.S. Reps. Tiffany and Gallagher, didn’t seek the nomination, as reported by Associated Press.

Mayer’s campaign had no comment Tuesday.

Campaign Dynamics

In his 2012 campaign, Hovde had described himself as a free-market conservative. He ran as the repealer of the Affordable Care Act – the national health care law signed by former President Barack Obama, the abortion foe and the supporter of the overturning of the Roe v. Wade. In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court did that, serving as the fuel that powered victories for the Democratic candidates who were pro-abortion rights. Already Baldwin has announced that she will be stressing the right to abortion in this year’s Senate race.

“Hovde would vote to pass a national abortion ban, raise taxes on working families and seniors while cutting Social Security and Medicare, and repeal the Affordable Care Act,” said Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesperson Arik Wolk.

Hovde’s business empire ranges from Hovde Properties, the real estate development company established by his grandfather in 1933, to three bank companies. He is the CEO of Sunwest Bank, whose TV ads play out west, and has a $7 million home in Laguna Beach, California plus the Madison property.

He went back to Madison in 2011, having worked in Washington, D.C., for 24 years.

Democrats have tagged Hovde as a carpetbagger who was born and raised in Wisconsin, but has now cut his political teeth in California, as reported by Associated Press.

This year, Baldwin was re-elected by 11 points in a race that was seen as an example of how to run statewide as a democrat in Wisconsin. She has been an energetic campaigner, gathered a lot of cross-party support from independents and voters in non-Democratic regions of Madison and Milwaukee, and she raised millions of dollars in money to contribute to this mission.

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