It is official, Russ Feingold has announced his intentions to reclaim the senatorial seat he lost to Republican Ron Johnson in 2010. While the state of Wisconsin is left leaning, the election season during the year of Feingold’s loss was heavy with tea party based conservative support. He made the announcement in a video posted to his Youtube channel early this morning. In it, he highlights attention that the Wisconsin people have placed on the corruption taking place in the United States Senate, corporations chief among them. He goes on to state that his platform, at least at this stage of the campaign, will based around bringing in more independents and encouraging bipartisanship and honesty.
His name still being in recent memory gives Feingold a distinct advantage that may be the boost he needs to secure election in the coming year, but his track record while admirable from a bipartisan perspective, is staunchly independent. Often being the single or one of the few Democrats that votes against the party lines during certain bills and legislation.
With this in mind, some of the more hard core liberals in the state may see this diversion from party lines as a betrayal, and that could be used against him by his party opponents in the coming election. The election for incumbent Ron Johnson is by no means going to be a slam dunk either, as far as things stand now it is too early to really declare the winning odds. Regardless, at this point and time, it appears that Feingold will at least get a second chance to oust Ron Johnson.
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