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Why Russ Feingold Could Lose

New Rasmussen poll shows Democratic senator down by 3 points.

12:48 PM, Jan 28, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new Rasmussen poll should have Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold worried:

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Wisconsin finds Republican Tommy Thompson edging incumbent Russ Feingold 47% to 43% in a hypothetical U.S. Senate match-up. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Any incumbent who attracts less than 50% support at this point in a campaign is considered potentially vulnerable.

Feingold has never won by huge margins--he took just 51 percent of the vote when he was first re-elected in 1998 and 55 percent in 2004. Thompson was an enormously popular governor, and he could probably take down Feingold. It would be a tough race though as Feingold, running as a good-government-kinda-guy, would surely attack Thompson for making big bucks as a Washington insider.

Thompson is probably the GOP's best bet in Wisconsin, but another strong candidate with enough funding could beat Feingold.

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