Hovde prepares to challenge Baldwin in 2024 US Senate race

Real estate developer Eric Hovde gears up to campaign in the 2024 Republican primary for U.S. Senate and take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin after announcing his candidacy.

By Steven Potter | Here & Now

February 23, 2024

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Republican and millionaire real estate developer Eric Hovde says there are a number of reasons he’s running for the U.S. Senate.

“I promise you, I am going to go after fixing our economic issues,” he said at his campaign kickoff on Feb. 20. He also said it was a priority to “secure our southern border and immediately end the humanitarian crisis that is going on right now, today.”

A 59-year-old Madison native, Hovde is looking to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who’s seeking her third term in office.

This isn’t the first time Hovde has challenged Baldwin – he ran for the same seat back in 2012 but lost in the primary election.

Baldwin calls him an outsider.

“[A] California bank owner – a multimillionaire – is going to enter the race,” she said. “You hear a lot of talk about him in Washington, D.C. Not as much here in Wisconsin.”

Nationally, this race is one to watch as Democrats try to hold onto a very thin majority in the Senate.

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