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Feingold Panics?

Don't stand so close to me.

9:05 AM, Sep 3, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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August 16:

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said he has absolutely no reservations about appearing in Wisconsin on Monday with President Obama. [...]

"I'm pleased to stand with this president any time and anywhere and defend what we've done and what we're doing," the senator added.

September 3:

When President Barack Obama visits Milwaukee on Labor Day to talk to working families and members of dozens of labor unions, one prominent politician won't be there.

A Labor Day schedule released by the staff of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) indicates that while Feingold will be in Milwaukee for a Laborfest pre-parade on Monday morning, he will not be in town when Obama is expected to arrive.

Jay Cost has the latest on the race:

Russ Feingold can trace an ideological line back to the state's progressive roots, but Wisconsin has been a swing state in recent cycles.  Gore and Kerry won it by the narrowest of margins.  Before that, the state showed some partiality to Ross Perot, who did better there than he did nationwide.  The GOP has found a self-funder (not to mention a great fundraiser) in candidate Ron Johnson.  He's already pouring in millions of his own dollars.

Johnson has spent $4 million on broadcast TV in the state compared to $1.4 million for Feingold, according to figures obtained from CMAG, a northern Virginia firm that tracks television advertising.

The numbers refer to ads aired this year in the state’s five TV markets: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse/Eau Claire and Wausau/Rhinelander. They do not include radio or cable television spots. 

This helps explain the dead heat in the polling, as well as why Feingold has taken to calling himself the underdog

Via NRO.

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