Russ Feingold Leading Ron Johnson In New Wisconsin Senate Poll
A new Marquette University poll suggests that former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold would be in a very good position to win his seat back if he chose to run against Republican Senator Ron Johnson:
The Marquette University Law School poll released Thursday found that 54 percent of registered voters say they would support Feingold in a 2016 matchup, while 38 percent said they would support Johnson.
Another 9 percent said they weren’t sure who they would support.
Both Republicans and Democrats have suggested that if Feingold were to run against Johnson in 2016, he would pose a strong challenge. Johnson defeated Feingold in 2010. Recently Feingold stepped down at the State Department and people close to him have told TPM he’s gearing up for a rematch.
Since losing in 2010, Feingold has balked at other opportunities to return to politics, including some suggestion by Democrats that he should have run against Governor Scott Walker, either in the 2012 recall election or in 2014. This time around, though, all the signals seems to indicate that the former Senator is seriously looking at seeking a rematch against Johnson and, if he chose to run, one presumes that the Democratic field would be clear for him and that he wouldn’t have much of a primary fight, if any at all. As for Johnson, as I’ve noted before he is one of the incumbent Republicans running in 2016 who is deemed to be vulnerable, especially given the fact that he will be running in a Presidential Election year in a state that has gone for the Democratic nominee for President in every election since 1988. With Walker set to enter the race for the GOP nomination as one of the favorites, this would seem to guarantee that Wisconsin will once again be a central focus when 2016 rolls around.