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Predicting a Democrat's defeat
From the Isthmus archives, Sept. 28, 1990

Tom Loftus "is going to lose his bid for governor," Isthmus news editor Bill Lueders writes in an opinion column, "because Tommy Thompson is a popular, hard-working politician who hasn't made many mistakes. He's going to lose because Thompson plans to spend obscene amounts of money donated by his fat-cat friends. Most important, Tom Loftus is going to lose because he and his party deserve to lose." The column says Loftus' performance at the first debate "revealed a man who is fundamentally confounded by his own lack of principle - in other words, a true party Democrat. His message was unrelentingly negative, his jibes petty and mean-spirited; his vision of the future, like Thompson's, calculated and hollow...." Thompson easily wins reelection by a 16-point margin and goes on to win two more elections.

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