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WI: 2010 Sen (Rasmussen 1/26)

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Rasmussen
1/26/10; 500 likely voters, 4.5% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Rasmussen release)

Wisconsin

2010 Senate (trends)
47% Tommy Thompson (R), 43% Russ Feingold (D)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Thompson: 56 / 39
Feingold: 47 / 48 (chart)

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 46 / 54 (chart)
Gov Doyle: 36 / 62 (chart)

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

Russ Feingold is about one of the most respected men in Washington and a guy who has truly taken on big corporations on the topic of campaign finance. He'll stick up for the people on the most recent supreme fiasco in the courts giving corporations unlimited funding for candidates.

Tommy Thompson is one of the biggest dorks in politics. A horrible H@H secretary under Bush. Hopefully he won't run. Back in 2000 Thompson was persona non grata in Wisconsin, kind of like the way Harry Reid is now in Nevada.

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DairyStateG:

FarLeft - No one in WI cares about Feingold's image in Washington. He's never been overly popular here and will always be vulnerable to a top tier challenge because he's not a nice man and generally doesn't work issues that people actually care about (see campaign finance reform).

A Thompson v. Feingold race would be a fascinating exercise in who can hate on successful people and gin up regional animosities in a more dramatic fashion. He who does a better job of convincing WI voters that their plight is directly connected to someone succcessful and wealthy will win.

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Field Marshal:

But i thought Thompson indicated he was going to run for Governor? Seems like he should run for the senate. Feingold is up there with Sanders in terms of far-left looniness.

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Farleftandproud:

Well with the supreme court's ruling you conservs should be happy. Thompson could probably outspend the master of campaign finance reform himself. Feingold is one of my favorites, and has guts, and that will likely get him re-elected. It will be by a slim margin, but I don't think that the voters really vote for the issues, they vote for the candidate who tackles issues that are important to them. Feingold opposed the Iraq war when it was popular and said "see I told you so" when it was unpopular. Democrats give more money to people like Feingold who have guts than they will to Blanche Lincoln or Mary landreu. We need more senators like Russ and Bernie.

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Farleftandproud:

The Packers are my favorite football team. Everyone around me likes the Giants and Pats but I have firmly been loyal to GB for years upon years.

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Farleftandproud:

I think GOP candidate with the Bush administration on their resume will not have the easiest time.

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Stillow:

This seat I actually think is in play no matter who the GOP runs. WI is a very evenly split state. I think Bush los thtis state by a single point both times???? If the GOP use off year turn out advantages this seat can flip this year.

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Xenobion:

Tommy Thompson is getting like 15% name recognition vote. But Thompson really doesn't have a political career anymore. I doubt he'll run and some random candidate will run in his stead with probably less than decent results. Rasmussen really has to stop searching for candidates for people. I hear William DaFoe is from Wisconsin. Maybe they should pull him against Fiengold.

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Farleftandproud:

If Thompson in WI or Pataki in NY are not on the ballot, the incumbent will win, because there are no other semi-popular or well known GOP candidates.

You are right, about Wisconsin and John Kerry just barely winning it. At the time, most strategists from the Democrats predicted Kerry losing Wisconsin, but closely winning in Ohio and Iowa on many of the polls. I think that would have just barely put Kerry over the top.

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Farleftandproud:

To defeat Russ Feingold, the GOP will likely have to find someone who has been married to one woman and is a very squeeky clean conservative. Feingold has been married and divorced twice, but since I think he wasn't dishonest about it, and no evidence of cheating, it won't be an issue.

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Farleftandproud:

For me, in his case that is just a sign he is so passionate about his beliefs and has gone above and beyond as a senator, it isn't easy for many women to live the political lifestyle and be the political wife gets tiresome. The same thing happened with Guilliani and John Mccain as well.

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LordMike:

I see Rasmussen is fishing for candidates again. PPP polled this one recently and had the opposite result. We'll see if Mr. Thomson takes the bait. He'd have a much easier time running for governor again...

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Farleftandproud:

Feingold is an institution in Wisconsin, I think you are right he is unbeatable. I don't know why Thompson would want to be governor again.

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Jase:

What the hell is with this poll? Thompson has said nothing about running for Senate. How about Rasmussen actually puts Feingold up against a plausible challenger?

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