Sure, he may have just lost his senate race a few months ago, but former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold could be poised for a victory if he chose to make a comeback, according to new polling by Public Policy Polling (PPP).
If Russ Feingold wants to return to the Senate he’ll start out as a strong front runner. He has good favorability numbers and leads four potential Republicans opponents by double digits.
51% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of Feingold to 38% with an unfavorable one. He’s on positive ground with independents at 50/37 and almost twice as many Republicans (15%) like him as Democrats (8%) dislike him. These numbers are a pretty clear indication that his loss last year had less to do with him than it did with the national political climate and poor Democratic turnout in the state. Things are moving back toward the Democrats nationally and that’s particularly the case in Wisconsin where Scott Walker has quickly become quite unpopular.
In hypothetical contests Feingold leads Tommy Thompson 52-42, Mark Neumann 53-41, JB Van Hollen 53-38, and Jeff Fitzgerald 54-39. He wins independents by at least 9 points in all of the match ups and takes more than 90% of the Democratic vote while keeping the Republican candidates in the 80s within their own parties.
PPP, a progressive polling firm, also polled on 9 other potential matchups. In each case, the Democratic candidate polled at least slightly ahead of the Republican candidate.
Now, the question is, will Feingold consider another run? Between his teaching and the book he is currently working on, does he even have an interest in trying to regain a seat in the senate?
You can bet there are a lot of political power players trying right now to find out the answer to that question.
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