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Son of Tommy Thompson Jokes About Sending Obama to Kenya

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson said late Sunday he hadn’t seen a video of his son at a fundraiser earlier in the day in which he jokes about sending President Obama “back to Chicago…or Kenya.”

Jason Thompson was speaking at a fundraiser in Kenosha, Wis., attended by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and state party Chairman Brad Courtney when he told the brunch crowd, “We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago -- or Kenya.”

As the crowd applauds, a woman’s voice is heard saying, “We’re taking donations for the Kenya trip.”

Obama’s father was born in Kenya and those in the birther movement believe that the president was actually born there or somewhere else outside the U.S. that makes him to be ineligible to be president.

Tommy Thompson, the former Republican governor of Wisconsin, is in a tight race with Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin for the Senate seat.  A spokesman from his campaign said that Jason Thompson “said something that he should not have and he apologizes.”

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Tommy Thompson Wins Wisconsin’s GOP Senate Primary

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(MADISON, Wis.) -- In election-weary Wisconsin, a familiar face has emerged victorious.

Former governor, Health and Human Services secretary, and momentary 2008 presidential candidate Tommy Thompson won Wisconsin’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, staving off three GOP rivals.

The result is a win for an established figure and a loss for Tea Partiers and free-market groups in Washington, D.C.

The usual suspects in conservative politics were divided sharply over the race.  Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann mounted a late charge reflected in polls, with backing from the Club for Growth, Tea Party Express, and Sen. Jim DeMint, whose Senate Conservatives Fund unveiled an ad for Neumann last week.

The three groups poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race over the last week, airing ads on TV and online, and sending mailers in support of Neumann.

Throughout the race, polls showed Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde as the leaders, with Neumann surging late.

Hovde was endorsed by FreedomWorks, the small-government group headed by former House majority leader Dick Armey, and the Iowa-based free-market group American Future Fund, but he angered anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist by refusing to sign his pledge against voting for tax hikes.

Outside groups piled on Hovde, as Americans for Tax Reform ran phone calls against him, while the Club for Growth spent $339,000 and the 501(c)6 business group Americans for Job Security spent nearly $650,000 in the past two weeks airing ads that hit Hovde on taxes and sought to tie him to bailed out banks.

Neumann’s loss is a blow to his Washington backers, but it would have been more severe had Hovde won, given that the Club for Growth reported spending $1.6 million to attack him.

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