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Russ Feingold hoped to retake Senate seat won by Ron Johnson in 2010; Johnson the projected winner

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MADISON -- Wisconsin and the nation on Tuesday, November 8th were keeping a close eye on the race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Ron Johnson and his challenger, Democrat Russ Feingold -- which could determine the balance of power in the Senate. Fox News projected Johnson the winner.

The latest Marquette University Law School poll, released on November 2nd, just days before the election, showed the two separated by just one percentage point, with Feingold leading Johnson.

In fact, Johnson never led in the poll since Feingold entered the race.

Two months ago, Feingold had a six-point lead over Johnson. Feingold's lead shrunk further in October, when only two points separated the candidates.

A slew of attack ads may have something to do with that.

Feingold, who hoped to retake the Senate seat Johnson won in 2010 (a seat he held from 1993-2010) watched the results come in Tuesday night in Middleton -- at the Madison Marriott West, which played host to Feingold victory parties in the past.

One of the big questions Tuesday night was whether Hillary Clinton's strong poll numbers would have an impact down-ticket.

Looking back at Wisconsin's last Senate race -- a presidential election helps the Democratic Senate nominee.

In 2012, as Wisconsin went blue for President Barack Obama's second term, cheeseheads also elected Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, who beat former Governor Republican Tommy Thompson 51-46.

Voter turnout in that election was 72 percent.

Feingold voted early in Middleton.

Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold

His campaign released a video Tuesday afternoon, with Feingold's final message to voters: "Get the job done."

Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson

Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson

3 comments

  • liberty

    Find Gold looks just like a used car salesman at a rundown shady lot. I wouldn’t trust him to wash my car.

  • Time to take out the Lib Trash

    Sorry Russ, no amount of text phone spams, offers of free cigarettes, free rides to the polls or other “buying of votes” works on Wisconsin residence anymore. Feel free to leave the country with the rest of the libs.

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