OSHKOSH -- Incumbent Republican Ron Johnson is projected to win Wisconsin's United States Senate seat, Fox News projected Tuesday, November 8th.
The race was a rematch between Johnson and Democrat Russ Feingold, who lost his seat to Johnson in 2010.
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 Johnson trailing Feingold.
Johnson supporters gathered Tuesday night in at the Oshkosh Convention Center in Oshkosh to watch the results come in.
Johnson said on Tuesday he was feeling confident after voting with his family in Oshkosh Tuesday afternoon. He has painted his challenger as a career politician who favors big government.
"I feel good. I think all the momentum is on our side. I went to the last two Packers games. On Thursday and on Sunday, I spend about five hours there working the tailgate crowd, talking to people and the level of support is really encouraging. I really do think Senator Feingold has been unmasked. I think people are pretty disgusted by his relentlessly negative campaign -- the lies, the distortions. People are seeing through it. I`m just asking for one more term. Let me complete my mission to utilize my committee to keep America and Wisconsin a little safer, more prosperous and more secure," Johnson said.
Johnson had been touring the state by bus -- trying to win over voters. The last stop was Monday in Waukesha -- the same place he appeared during his surprise 2010 victory.
Johnson trailed Feingold by double digits earlier this year, but climbed back into this race -- largely without the help of national Republicans -- some who left him for dead this summer.
Despite the record-breaking early voting numbers in Democratic strongholds of Milwaukee and Madison, Johnson's campaign said it can overcome that on election day with a strong Republican ground game honed during Governor Walker's recall race.
Johnson said he planned to spend time with his family before watching the results come in.
In addition to celebrating his granddaughters first birthday, Johnson said he was hopeful he'd be celebrating victory Tuesday night -- and he did.
Ron Johnson released the following statement after winning:
“I made two promises to Wisconsinites – to always tell them the truth, and to never vote with my re-election in mind – and I am honored that they have shown their faith in me for a second and final term. Together, we can find areas of agreement to take on Washington dysfunction and grow our economy, protect our national security, and fix our country’s problems. I’d like to thank all the supporters who worked so hard for this victory, and everyone across Wisconsin who offered their thoughts and prayers as I traveled across this great state and worked to get results in their communities.”