The Washington Times - October 1, 2012, 12:10PM

Republican Wisconsin Senate candidate Gov. Tommy Thompson is counting on one of the nation’s most visible GOP governors for support in his race for the U.S. Senate.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will visit the Badger State on Oct. 17 to campaign on the former Wisconsin governor’s behalf, the Thompson campaign announced Monday.


Mr. Thompson is hoping to recapture momentum with just five weeks until Election Day, but has slipped in recent weeks from favorite to underdog in his race against Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin.

The two candidates — who are vying to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl — squared off in their first debate on Friday, and have additional debates scheduled for Oct. 18 and 26.

Campaign rhetoric has focused largely on Mr. Thompson touting his record as a popular governor in the state from 1987 to 2001 — while describing himself as more conservative than his moderate reputation — and painting Ms. Baldwin as too liberal for Wisconsin voters.

The Baldwin campaign has in turn accused Mr. Thompson of moving too far to the right since his time as governor and has raised questions about his work for a Washington law firm and connection to its lobbyists.