Republican Ron Johnson and incumbent Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold have been jockeying for position throughout much of the course of the election season in their U.S. Senate race and, after a period of running virtually neck and neck, Johnson appears to be pulling away down the home stretch toward Nov. 2. Those stats moved the contest from a tossup to leans Republican in Rasmussen Reports rankings of power.
It’s no fluke, either, because RealClearPolitics’ average of polls
, which includes not only Rasmussen but also CNN/Time and Daily Kos/PPP stats, gives Johnson a comfortable 9.4 percent lead.
The new Rasmussen numbers come from a Sept. 29 statewide telephone survey of 750 likely voters that found Johnson picking up 54 percent support, while Feingold, who is running for his fourth term in the Senate, got 42 percent, with leaners included. Two percent prefer some other candidate, and 2 percent are undecided.
Two weeks ago, Rasmussen noted, Johnson held a 51-44 percent lead, including leaners just after his decisive win in the GOP primary. The latest numbers signal a continuing deterioration in Feingold's support after it held steady at 46 percent in surveys from May through August. Support for Johnson ranged from 44 percent to 48 percent in the same period but has been increasing gradually in recent weeks.
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