Russ is in!!!!

Great news for Wisconsin: Russ Feingold has announced that he will run against teaparty Sen. Ron Johnson in November 2016

Feingold was defeated in 2010 in the low-turnout mid-term election and starts out the 2016 contest heavily favored. Last month’s Marquette poll (PDF) showed him beating Johnson 54% to 38%.

Here, I’ll let Russ speak for himself:

Tell Russ that you’re in too:



  1. This race will attract a lot of big money:

    Within hours of Feingold’s video announcement, The Club for Growth, an anti-tax group that worked to successfully defeat Feingold in 2010, pledged to do so again in 2016 using even more firepower.

    The Wisconsin Senate battle “will be a marquee race for us,” David McIntosh, the Club’s president, told USA TODAY. He called Feingold a “hard-left” Democrat with views that are now “too extreme” for the state. […]

    Driven by court decisions that have eased contribution limits, independent spending in midterm congressional elections topped $787 million last year, more than double the $310.8 million in 2010, the year Feingold lost.

    In that election, Feingold resisted outside help and lost by nearly 5 points.

    “Across Wisconsin, people tell me all the time: Our politics in Washington are broken, and multi-millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations are calling all the shots,” Feingold said in an email to supporters Thursday.

    “Wisconsinites are tired of it,” he said, “but no one says they want to throw in the towel. And I don’t either.”

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly made it clear Thursday it has no intention of sitting on the sidelines in what promises to be one of the most important Senate battles of 2016.

    My hope is that this time he does not resist outside help. You can’t bring a knife to a gun fight.

    His Act Blue page reported $263,000 donations through 5pm yesterday.

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