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September 17, 2010

Johnson Surges in Wisconsin; Leads by 7

Oh my.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Johnson picking up 51% support, while Feingold earns the vote from 44%. One percent (1%) of voters prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) remain undecided.

The survey was conducted one night after Johnson’s primary victory in which he received 85% of the vote in a three-way race. Feingold, who is running for his fourth term in the Senate, ran uncontested in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Future surveys will determine whether Johnson's jump ahead is just a post-primary bounce or reflects a serious change in the race.

When leaners are excluded from the totals, Johnson leads Feingold 50% to 43%. In late August, Johnson and Feingold were tied in results without leaners. Prior to the latest poll, support for Johnson ranged from 44% to 48% in surveys since February. In those same surveys, Feingold had consistently picked up 46% of the vote.

Still listed by Rasmussen as a Toss-Up, but I imagine that will change quickly. Feingold is getting pretty squirmy, claiming to be the underdog and claiming to be anything other than a stalwart Democratic vote. He is the Democratic half of the abortion known as the McCain-Feingold Act.

Ron Johnson, our guy, is a self-made businessman who founded his own company. He started with the unlikely dual role of accountant/machine operator. He's running as the "everyman" against the career politician.


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