With House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s revelation Tuesday that, despite previous speculation to the contrary, he will not be running for Kohl’s seat, Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (and former secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush) is now the Republican front runner.

Wisconsin Democratic Senator Herb Kohl announced last week that he would not run for re-election in 2012. According to local news reports, Thomson has been considering running since early this year – but only if Kohl and Ryan stayed out of the race.

Pundits speculate that Thompson likely will get the Republican nomination, having won and served four terms as Wisconsin governor he is a popular figure in the state.

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