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GOP Fighting to Save Ron Johnson's Wisconsin Senate Seat

GOP Fighting to Save Ron Johnson's Wisconsin Senate Seat

 Ron Johnson (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 02 November 2016 02:28 PM

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson was one of the most endangered Republicans this election, but a late push from his party may be turning his campaign around.

The GOP is pouring millions into Wisconsin to help save Johnson and putting his Democratic opponent, Russ Feingold, on the defensive.

"It looks closer," Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report told The Wall Street Journal.

Duffy added that Feingold still maintains the advantage, even showing a lead in polls commissioned by his opponents.

In early October, three polls showed Johnson closing in on Feingold, and a Marquette Law School poll showed a dramatic increase in voters who thought Johnson "cared about people like themselves," according to the Journal.

Back in July, outside groups like Freedom Partners began canceling ads in Wisconsin, fearing a lost cause. But last month, the conservative Club for Growth spent over $750,000 on ads slamming Feingold as a Washington insider who raised taxes.

Americans for Prosperity, the nonprofit division of the Koch brothers' organization, is funneling almost $1 million in advertising in the final week leading up to the election. The Senate Leadership Fund, headed by supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently announced their intent to spend $2 million to keep Johnson's seat.

The Feingold camp attacked the recent influx of funds, saying GOP billionaires "are making one last desperate attempt to bail out Sen. Johnson's failing campaign in the only way they know how - with millions in attack ads," according to a memo from his campaign manager.

A new Marquette Poll from Wednesday shows Feingold with a single-point lead on Johnson, the closest yet, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

"Their positive ads in particular remind me of his 2010 ads that made him an appealing character," said Charles Franklin, Marquette poll director, told the Journal.

Johnson began running positive ads just prior to the Marquette poll, focusing on a program he backed to help people develop basic job skills, and one from a constituent who claim Johnson helped them bring their adopted daughter back from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"He was going to do whatever he could to get these kids home," the mother says in the ad

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Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson was one of the most endangered Republicans this election, but a late push from his party may be turning his campaign around. The GOP is pouring millions into Wisconsin to help save Johnson and putting his Democratic opponent, Russ Feingold, on the...
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