Big News For Democrats As Russ Feingold Leads Sen. Ron Johnson By 8 In GOP Poll

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A poll conducted by Republican pollster Luntz Global, released on August 17th, found Democratic former Senator Russ Feingold comfortably ahead of incumbent GOP Senator Ron Johnson  50-42 percent in the 2016 Wisconsin Senate race. The contest is a rematch of the 2010 race, when Johnson unseated Feingold.

Senator Johnson rode a GOP wave to victory in 2010, the same year Scott Walker was first elected Wisconsin Governor. Although Walker survived a recall effort and also won re-election in 2014, Wisconsin voters appear to have soured on Senator Johnson. Many of them would like Russ Feingold to return to the U.S. Senate to represent them.

Although Feingold holds a solid lead in the Senate race in the Republican commissioned poll, GOP strategist Frank Luntz hilariously tried to spin the poll as a positive for Senator Ron Johnson. In a press release, Luntz stated:

Wisconsin voters are clear: they want leaders who will make the world safer, more secure, and more stable for the long term. And Russ Feingold is not that leader.

Clearly Mr. Luntz had trouble understanding his own poll numbers. He interpreted a Democratic candidate beating a standing U.S. Senator by 8 percentage points, as a clear sign that Wisconsin voters do not want the guy with the big lead to win. Only in the deluded mindset of a Republican pollster could an 8-point deficit be considered proof that voters really, really want Ron Johnson to win.

In the Wisconsin senate race, the situation has gotten so bad for the Republicans that they actually consider being down by 8 points as “good news.” Not only did Luntz conduct the poll, but he decided to release it. Usually partisan pollsters are reluctant to release polls that show their candidate trailing, but apparently Luntz felt trailing by 8 was something he could spin as a sign that Ron Johnson still has a chance to hang onto his senate seat.

When an incumbent senator is reduced to having his supporters brag that he still has a chance to win, you can be pretty sure that behind the boast is a senator who is toast. The election is still over a year away, but at this point Senator Johnson appears to be in serious danger of giving his seat back to Russ Feingold.

29 Replies to “Big News For Democrats As Russ Feingold Leads Sen. Ron Johnson By 8 In GOP Poll”

  1. Wisconsin voters are clear: they want leaders who will make the world safer, more secure, and more stable for the long term. And Russ Feingold is not that leader.

    These idiots are delusional
    Kerry Calls GOP Senator Out For Missing Benghazi Briefing (VIDEO)

    At his secretary of state confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) called out Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for missing a classified briefing on the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

    Johnson pressed Kerry to commit to finding out what, exactly, happened on Sept. 11, 2012 at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

    “Well, there was a briefing with tapes, which we all saw, those of us who went to it, which made it crystal clear,” Kerry said. “We sat for several hours with our intel folks, who described to us precisely what we were seeing. We saw the events unfold. We had a very complete and detailed description.”

  2. Alison Lundergan Grimes! Anybody remember her? If you don’t I’ll remind you. She’s the person that is supposed to be Senator Grimes right now! Mitch McConnell was supposed to lose his seat and be another talking head on Fixed news.

    Than a funny thing happened. They had the actual election and Mitch retained his seat and is now the HMFIC of the whole US Senate! It funny how the pollsters have it one way and then the voter give their 2 cents worth. And the voters (or maybe the people that count the votes) win every single time.

    The Koch bros will throw untold millions at this election and if the voters of Wisconsin stay home Johnson will win again! If you put your faith in a pollster instead of voter turnout a mule will kick you in the gut just like 2014.

    And with the senate goes the supreme court. 4 Justices will retire or die in the next 10 years. A senator from Wisconsin will cast a vote on those Presidential nominations.

    HMFIC = Head Mother Fu**er in charge.

  3. She lost like all the dummycrats because she ran away from the Presidents policies and achievements. Those who ran with the President won. FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS

  4. let’s see…

    for Republicans it means unskewing the polls that don’t go their way…

    Chris Christie it means that NJ polls that people in his state don’t want him to be Prez means they love him so much they want him to continue to be Gov..

    is Karl Rove still claiming its too early to call Ohio? because.. you know… the exit polls are wrong…

  5. This is how we turn our Ship.
    Plan to Volunteer for Pres…

    Imagine if we, here…each did just one thing, out of our way, to help this Election.

    I wonder the average Age of most Politicusa Commenter’s? There’s so many Informed/Enthusiastic Dems commenting I’m amazed (Wish we would identify our location/I’m Nor-CAL. But mostly I worry about the younger-generation getting informed…40% of America don’t even vote!

    My Grandfather was a Mayor…
    A Staunch Democrats and he always side:

    “The Democrats Help Those Who Need Help..
    Republicans Help Those Who Don’t Need Help”.

    Speaking of Help:
    Look at this Historical TOP TAX RATE CHART:

    Note Years we could afford…
    New Highways/Bridges/Schools.

    The Great Wealth is no longer helping to pull our American Wagon.

    My ‘Pub Dentist’is Positive Iran will Attack USA! Dr. says I’m Neville Chamberlainish.

    If Time…

  6. I agree, she ran away from the president and his achievements. But on this very board the polls had her close and a few had her winning. I remember what people were writing back then!

    Maybe the board mod can resurrect some of those articles and posts just to remind us. Change the name from Johnson to McConnell and Feingold to Grimes and this story has already been written many times.

    Then the election happened and Dems said “I don’t have to vote because everybody is saying she’s going to win.” And she (and the whole US) lost. Now Mitch will serve until 2020 and run again, probably to be reelected when he again runs against Alison.

    We counted our chickens and they didn’t hatch. I just hope we remember so we don’t make the same mistake again!

    The name Alison Lundergan Grimes should stand as fair warning for all of us!

  7. I agree with much of what you say, and 15 months before an election is way too early for polls to be predictive of the outcome.

    I will point out that anyone who actually thought Grimes was going to beat McConnell on election day in 2014, was ignoring the bulk of the polling and cherry-picking the few polls that had Grimes leading, none of which were conducted in the closing weeks of the campaign.

    All of the late 2014 polls had McConnell winning, although they underestimated his margin. RCP averages had him up by an average of 7-8 points. He won by 15-16.

  8. Well Mr. Brekhus, I certainly hope that Mr. Feingold will defeat that idiot Johnson. But don’t underestimate the stupidity of the Wisconsin voters. Example – Snot Walker.

  9. Didn’t explain above Link:
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    The Kochs are serious John Bircher’s:

    This is the America Koch’s Citizens-United Money are attempting to RECREATE!

    *A Personal History of the John Birch Society*

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    Brainwashing the People!
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  10. Keith

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I’m not out here busting your chops, I’m just trying to remind the progressives and Dems that politics are a dirty business where hope has very little effect.

    I had great hope for Alison, I wanted her to win so bad it felt like a mule kicked me in the gut when the house stayed repub and the senate swung from Dem to repub.

    We can’t believe these extremely early polls. Hope is a luxury we can’t afford. That’s why I trying to burst hope bubbles before the get to big.

    This next election cycle will see probably close to $10 billion spent between now and Nov 2016. ONE FAMILY, the Koch brothers will spend probably $2 billion all by themselves.

    I seen many a bumper sticker that says “you can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead had.” This is what McConnell/Boner have changed it to “you can have my senate/house when you take it from my cold, dead repub party ”

    Don’t believe these early polls, they don’t mean a darn …

  11. Always remember, it is not who votes but who counts the votes that matter.

    Ask John Kerry about voting machine “irregularities” in Ohio.

    Greg Palast on Vote rigging and suppression-1 of 3…10-Minutes:

    A few months back…
    Cons were calling for Top-Notch Computer Experts to Sign up with the GOP.

    One Comment:
    This report needs to spread far and wide! Just like last election, these voter suppression crimes will effect the elections more than the voter turnout.

  13. Gawd, how stupid. Russ Feingold is no Lundergan-Grimes that doesn’t know how to fight. Russ is a real Democrat, not a Republican-lite.
    Johnson is a dolt that Wisconsin now knows is a loser. They know Russ will stand up for them.
    It’s a pres election year.
    Oh yeah, Frank Luntz is a dunce. Trump speaks the truth on that !

  14. I know exactly where you are coming from and it is always a risk to write triumphant articles about poll numbers, because the truth is the only poll that matters is the one done by secret ballot on election day.

    My hope is that when Democrats smell a lead that instead of complacency they get more motivated, but I know that isn’t always how it plays out. Your cautionary tone is an important one that should be heeded.

  15. Seems like a pattern. My dentist is the same way. Seems like dentists have lots of money and don’t want to pay their fair share in taxes, but have plenty to blow on trips to Africa to kill endangered species.

  16. Voter turnout is always greater during Presidential elections. This will be no 2014 and I agree, Russ Feingold is no Lundergan Grimes.

  17. We need to call Lorena to remove our “johnson”.
    She can bobbit.

    Russ is good news for us here in WI.
    I never miss an election and will certainly be there to vote for Russ.

  18. I can’t help Russ Feingold, but I hope he wins. I’m from Pennsylvania and will be voting against Pat Toomey. I’ll vote for whoever is running against him.

  19. …let’s not forget the lesson o’ Lorenas sister; who was also married to an abusive husband…
    …she decided to follow her older sisters example, but got drunk while waiting for her husband to get back home…when she attacked him, she only slashed his thigh, was arrested and charged with a “Mist-de-wiener”…

  20. She got less votes than Obama did. She abandoned the president by refusing to say who she voted for and thus African-American voters abandoned her.

    Her failed election should serve as a warning to Bernie Sanders, too.

  21. ICH, not only did she get fewer votes than the president did, she had a worse showing then any democrat that has ever before challenged McConnell. If I remember right she lost by 14 points. She may never have won, but by running away from the president, she sealed her fate. Democrats stayed home. Fiengold is a much smarter candidate than Gimes, and Johnson is (I hate to give McConnell credit for anything) waaay dumber.

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