(CNN) - A new poll suggests that Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is fighting for his political life.
A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday indicates that the three-term Democratic senator trails businessman Ron Johnson, the Republican nominee Senate nominee, 52 to 44 percent among likely voters in Wisconsin. Johnson's eight point lead is up from a five point advantage in mid September.
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama may not be a seasoned campaigner, but she is a veteran mom. And that, she says, has given her a wealth of experience for the campaign trail.
"You see, more than anything, I come to this as a mom," she told an audience at a rally for Sen. Russ Feingold in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Feingold is in a tough re-election battle for his fourth term in the US Senate.
(CNN) - The candidates for Senate in Wisconsin stuck to their talking points in an animated debate Monday night. Republican Ron Johnson blamed the three-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold for what he said were the failures of Washington, and Feingold said Johnson offered no solutions to the problems.
"He doesn't have any answer, he doesn't have any plan, he just wants to say we've got all this debt and all these problems, but he gives you absolutely no idea of what he would do about it," Feingold said. "It's not the responsibility you need from a U.S. Senator."
(CNN) - Senator Russ Feingold's campaign is changing an advertisement which ran afoul of the National Football League Tuesday by using real game video without permission.
The Wisconsin senator's campaign commercial shows several fictitious scenes of football players celebrating on the field –and also one real clip of the famous wide receiver Randy Moss.
"In pro football, they call this excessive celebration," the Democratic incumbent intones over the video, saying players are penalized or fined for it.
(CNN) - More bad news for Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold.
Feingold, a three-term Democrat, now trails Republican businessman Ron Johnson by 7 points among likely voters, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
Fifty-two percent of likely voters are backing Johnson, while 45 percent support Feingold. Three percent remain undecided.
(CNN) - Wisconsin Republican Senate nominee Ron Johnson is drawing a sharp contrast between himself and his Democratic opponent - one's a lawyer and one isn't.
"There are 100 members of the U.S. Senate. Fifty-seven of them, including Russ Feingold, are lawyers," Johnson says in a new television ad. "That'd be fine if we had a lawsuit to settle. But we have an economy to fix."
In the 30-second spot, Johnson casts himself as a political outsider with the experience to get things done, and Feingold as a Washington insider who lacks the skills needed to fix the country's fiscal problems. It's the type of message being aired across the country in the lead-up to November's midterm elections.
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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."
(CNN) - When President Barack Obama heads to Wisconsin on Labor Day to talk about the economy, one of the top Democrat's in the state won't be teaming up with the president.
Obama is scheduled to talk to working families and union members at Milwaukee's annual Laborfest Monday afternoon. While Sen. Russ Feingold will make a stop at Laborfest in the morning, he'll be gone by the time Obama arrives.
According to his campaign, Feingold will be at events in his hometown of Janesville and in Kenosha during the afternoon, when the president is in Milwaukee. The campaign tells CNN their schedule was set before the White House on Monday announced the president's Labor Day visit.
The three-term Feingold faces a very tough re-election against businessman Russ Johnson, the presumptive Republican nominee. Two of the top political handicappers, the non-partisan Cook and Rothenberg political reports, rate the race as a "toss up."
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, issued the following statement Thursday about the financial regulatory bill currently before the Senate:
“At the outset of the debate over the financial regulatory reform bill, I made clear that my test for this bill would be whether it prevents another economic crisis. Unfortunately, this bill falls short. The reckless practices of Wall Street sent our economy reeling, triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression, and left millions of Americans to foot the bill. Despite these cataclysmic events, Washington once again caved to Wall Street on key issues and produced a bill that fails to protect the American people from the pain of another economic disaster. I will not support a bill that fails to adequately protect the people of Wisconsin from the recklessness of Wall Street.”
Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden hits the campaign trail again on Friday.
Biden heads to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to headline a fundraiser for fellow Democrat Russ Feingold. The three-term senator is up for re-election this year. He'll face off in the general election in November against businessman Ron Johnson, who last month won the Wisconsin Republican party's endorsement, or businessman David Westlake. Those two candidates will face off in the GOP primary held on September 14.