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12:35 p.m. ET – One of the races that moved into the Democrats long worry column this summer is Senator Russ Feingold's re-election bid in Wisconsin.
I ran into him coming into the Capitol for his first vote of the day this morning, and he sure didn't act like a candidate in trouble.
He was noticeably chipper, telling me, "I'm increasingly confident and feeling pretty good today."
Feingold admitted that the economy is obviously tough, but insists that the Democratic base and likeminded independents are slowly becoming more enthusiastic.
"The Democrats are completely on notice as well as many independents that people who support the Bush policies want back in power."
In theory, Feingold is one of those Democrats the angry base should still be happy with. He says he hopes that will help.
"I happen to support the president on many things, I supported the stimulus bill and I supported the health care bill, but you know I disagree with him on Afghanistan, I didn't support the financial regulation bill because I didn't think it did enough so Wisconsin people know that I really respond to Wisconsin ideas and Wisconsin enthusiasm on these things, so I think in the end that will be very helpful, but in the end I want the president to succeed," said Feingold.