Hovde, who flirted with US Senate bid, now endorses Vukmir

Eric Hovde, a Republican businessman who nearly mounted a second run this year for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat, now says he’s endorsing Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir. > Wisconsin State Journal

Madison businessman Eric Hovde makes decision on U.S. Senate run

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Madison businessman Eric Hovde, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012, said he has decided against running for Senate this year. “After wrestling with this decision for the last, oh, six months, I’ve decided not to run,” Hovde said Sunday on “UPFRONT with Mike Gousha.” > WISN-TV Milwaukee

Eric Hovde gives high-profile GOP speech in Madison, remains undecided on U.S. Senate race

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He may not yet be a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate but that didn’t stop Eric Hovde from unveiling a stump-style speech to Dane County Republicans Saturday night in Madison. The Madison businessman was a runner-up to former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the 2012 GOP Senate primary. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Vukmir, Nicholson have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

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State Sen. Leah Vukmir announced this week that she has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Fellow Republican challenger to Tammy Baldwin, Kevin Nicholson, has also signed it. But Eric Hovde, who’s considering joining the race, refused to sign it in 2012, a primary he did not win. > Right Wisconsin

Republican Eric Hovde: Tuesday’s Dem upset ‘factors in’ to whether to join U.S. Senate fray

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Republican Eric Hovde has been deliberating whether to join Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson in a run for U.S. Senate. Then came a hiccup: Tuesday’s special election in state Senate District 10, where Democrat Patty Schachtner beat her Republican opponent by 9 points. > Wisconsin State Journal

Hovde remains undecided on 2018 U.S. Senate run in GOP primary

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He’s wealthy, politically seasoned and filled with strong opinions about the current state of the country. But that doesn’t mean Madison businessman Eric Hovde is ready to dive into the 2018 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, saying Monday: “I still haven’t finalized the decision.” > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Eric Hovde ‘taking steps’ for possible US Senate bid

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Madison businessman Eric Hovde is preparing for a possible Republican run for U.S. Senate, while saying he hasn’t fully committed to run and won’t reveal his plans until 2018. State Sen. Leah Vukmir and businessman Kevin Nicholson are officially in the race for Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s seat next November. > Wisconsin State Journal