The entry of former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) – a liberal icon – into the race against incumbent Senator Johnson has turned Wisconsin into a top Senate battleground. Johnson is now considered the most vulnerable incumbent this cycle. He beat Mr. Feingold in the great tea party-fueled wave of 2010, and now Feingold wants his seat back.
Feingold starts out with a big lead – 16 points and 9 points in the Marquette University and Public Policy Polling polls respectively. In 2014, National Journal ranked Johnson the ninth most conservative member of the United States Senate, in a state that leans Democratic in presidential election cycles. Late in 2014, Johnson began tacking to the middle, but so far Wisconsin voters aren’t buying it.
The Cook Political Report and Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report call the race a tossup. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball says it leans Democrat.