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2016 United States Senate election in Wisconsin

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The 2016 United States Senate election in Wisconsin was held November 8, 2016, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Wisconsin, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. The primaries were held August 9, 2016.

United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2016

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  Ron Johnson, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Russ Feingold Official Portrait 3.jpg
Nominee Ron Johnson Russ Feingold
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,479,471 1,380,335
Percentage 50.2% 46.8%

Wisconsin Senate Election Results by County, 2016.svg
County results
Johnson:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Feingold:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. Senator before election

Ron Johnson
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Ron Johnson
Republican

Incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson was re-elected to a second term in office. Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, whom Johnson unseated in the 2010 midterm election, sought a rematch for a fourth non-consecutive term in office but was again defeated by Johnson, who became the first Republican to win a Senate election in Wisconsin in a presidential election year since Bob Kasten in 1980. Kasten was ultimately unseated by Feingold in 1992.[1] Johnson's victory was considered an upset, as most polling had Feingold in the lead.

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BackgroundEdit

In 2010, then-incumbent Democratic Senator Russ Feingold ran for re-election to a fourth term in 2010 but was defeated by Republican nominee Ron Johnson.[2]

In March 2013, Johnson announced that he had begun fundraising for his campaign. At that time, he had just $1,529 remaining in his campaign account after raising $16.1 million for the 2010 election, over half of which he self-funded.[3] Johnson said in November 2014 that he would not self-finance another campaign, saying: "I made my $9 million investment in this country. I gave it once, I don't think I should do it again."[4] On May 14, 2015, Feingold announced he would run to win back his former Senate seat.[5] Ultimately, Feingold spent over $24 million on the campaign and ended up with more remaining cash than Johnson, who spent only $20 million.[6]

After the Republicans took control of the Senate following the 2014 Senate elections, the election in Wisconsin was seen by many as a top target for the Democrats, who hoped to retake their majority in the traditionally blue state.[7][8][9][10][11] Politico pointed to Johnson's "worrisome" favorability ratings as one of the main reasons for his vulnerability.[10] A March 2014 Marquette University Law School poll found that just 29% of voters had a favorable opinion of him.[12]

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • Russ Feingold, former U.S. Senator, and former U.S. Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and the Congo-Kinshasa[5]
  • Scott Harbach, perennial candidate

DeclinedEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Russ Feingold 303,282 90.14%
Democratic Scott Harbach 33,185 9.86%
Total votes 336,467 100.00%

Libertarian primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

General electionEdit

CandidatesEdit

DebatesEdit

EndorsementsEdit

Ron Johnson (R)
Presidents
State Governors
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Individuals
Organizations
Russ Feingold (D)
Presidents
Vice Presidents
U.S. Cabinet members and Cabinet-level officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Wisconsin State Senators
Labor unions
Organizations

PredictionsEdit

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[50] Tossup November 4, 2016
Sabato's Crystal Ball[51] Lean D November 3, 2016
Rothenberg Political Report[52] Tilt D November 3, 2016
Daily Kos[53] Lean D September 16, 2016
Real Clear Politics[54] Tossup November 8, 2016

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ron
Johnson (R)
Russ
Feingold (D)
Phil
Anderson (L)
Other/Neither Undecided
Public Policy Polling February 21–24, 2013 807 ± 2.3% 42% 52% 6%
Public Policy Polling September 13–16, 2013 1,180 ± 2.9% 42% 49% 9%
Public Policy Polling April 17–20, 2014 1,144 ± 2.9% 41% 47% 12%
Public Policy Polling March 6–8, 2015 1,071 ± 3.0% 41% 50% 9%
Marquette University April 7–10, 2015 803 RV ± 3.5% 38% 54% 9%
Marquette University August 13–16, 2015 802 RV ± 3.5% 42% 47% 12%
End Citizens United September 10–14, 2015 775 ± 3.6% 39% 47% 14%
Marquette University September 24–28, 2015 803 RV ± 4.1% 36% 50% 7% 7%
Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College October 14–17, 2015 603 ± 4.0% 40% 51% 2% 7%
Democracy Corps October 24–28, 2015 400 ± 4.9% 46% 51% 3%
Marquette University November 12–15, 2015 803 RV ± 4.2% 38% 49% 13%
Let America Work^ November 16–18, 2015 900 ± 3.3% 44% 45% 11%
Marquette University January 21–24, 2016 806 RV ± 4.0% 37% 50% 13%
Marquette University February 18–21, 2016 802 RV ± 4.5% 37% 49% 14%
Marquette University March 24–28, 2016 957 LV ± 4.1% 45% 48% 7%
1,405 RV ± 3.3% 42% 47% 11%
Loras College March 28–29, 2016 1,000 ± 3.1% 39% 48% 1% 12%
Public Policy Polling March 28–29, 2016 1,397 ± 2.6% 39% 46% 15%
Emerson College March 30 – April 3, 2016 1,198 ± 2.8% 44% 48% 8%
Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College April 12–15, 2016 616 ± 4.0% 41% 51% 6%
Public Policy Polling June 8–9, 2016 853 ± 3.4% 41% 51% 8%
Marquette University June 9–12, 2016 666 LV ± 4.9% 42% 51% 7%
800 RV ± 4.4% 41% 45% 14%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner - Democracy Corps June 11–20, 2016 300 ± 5.7% 45% 46% 9%
Public Policy Polling June 22–23, 2016 843 ± 3.4% 37% 50% 13%
Marquette University July 7–10, 2016 665 LV ± 4.5% 40% 46% 7% 7%
44% 49% 7%
801 RV ± 4.1% 38% 45% 8% 9%
41% 48% 11%
Global Strategy Group July 20, 2016 800 ± 3.5% 41% 52% 7%
Let America Work^ July 30 – August 1, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 44% 50% 6%
Marquette University August 4–7, 2016 683 LV ± 5.0% 39% 50% 7% 4%
42% 53% 6%
805 RV ± 4.5% 38% 47% 7% 8%
43% 49% 8%
Let America Work August 21–22, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 47% 50% 3%
Global Strategy Group August 25, 2016 800 ± 3.5% 37% 55% 8%
Marquette University August 25–28, 2016 650 LV ± 5.0% 42% 45% 6% 7%
45% 48% 7%
803 RV ± 4.5% 38% 42% 8% 12%
42% 46% 12%
Public Policy Polling August 26–27, 2016 1,054 ± 3.0% 42% 49% 9%
Monmouth University August 27–30, 2016 404 ± 4.9% 41% 54% 2% 3%
Marquette University September 15–18, 2016 642 LV ± 4.8% 39% 44% 7% 10%
41% 47% 8%
802 RV ± 4.4% 37% 44% 8% 10%
40% 46% 11%
Emerson College September 19–20, 2016 700 ± 3.6% 42% 52% 3% 4%
Loras College October 4–5, 2016 500 ± 4.4% 45% 40% 3% 9%
CBS News/YouGov October 5–7, 2016 993 ± 4.3% 42% 45% 13%
Marquette University October 6–9, 2016 839 LV ± 3.9% 44% 46% 4% 1% 4%
46% 48% 1% 4%
1,000 RV ± 3.7% 42% 44% 6% 1% 6%
44% 47% 2% 5%
Google Consumer Surveys October 12–14, 2016 551 ± 4.2% 39% 58% 3%
Washington Post/SurveyMonkey October 8–16, 2016 1,076 ± 0.5% 46% 51% 3%
Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert College October 13–16, 2016 664 ± 3.8% 40% 52% 0% 3% 5%
Monmouth University October 15–18, 2016 403 ± 4.9% 44% 52% 2% 2%
Public Policy Polling October 18–19, 2016 804 ± 3.5% 41% 47% 12%
Club for Growth^ October 18–20, 2016 400 ± 4.2% 42% 45% 13%
Let America Work^ October 18–20, 2016 600 ± 4.0% 46% 48% 2% 4%
Emerson College October 27–28, 2016 400 ± 4.9% 44% 49% 4% 3%
SurveyMonkey October 25–31, 2016 1,195 ± 4.6% 49% 49% 2%
Marquette University October 26–31, 2016 1,190 LV ± 3.5% 44% 45% 3% 2% 3%
1,401 RV ± 3.3% 42% 43% 5% 3% 5%
SurveyMonkey October 26 – November 1, 2016 1,103 ± 4.6% 50% 48% 2%
Loras College October 31 – November 1, 2016 500 ± 4.4% 45% 47% 2% 6%
Public Policy Polling October 31 – November 1, 2016 891 ± 3.3% 44% 49% 7%
SurveyMonkey October 27 – November 2, 2016 1,271 ± 4.6% 48% 48% 4%
Clarity Campaign Labs November 1–2, 2016 1,129 ± 2.9% 46% 49% 5%
SurveyMonkey October 28 – November 3, 2016 1,568 ± 4.6% 48% 49% 3%
SurveyMonkey October 31 – November 6, 2016 1,943 ± 4.6% 49% 48% 3%
SurveyMonkey November 1–7, 2016 2,246 ± 4.6% 49% 48% 3%

^ Internal poll taken for Ron Johnson.

ResultsEdit

United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2016[55]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ron Johnson (incumbent) 1,479,471 50.17% -1.69%
Democratic Russ Feingold 1,380,335 46.81% -0.21%
Libertarian Phillip Anderson 87,531 2.97% N/A
n/a Write-ins 1,404 0.05% +0.01%
Total votes 2,948,741 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

By congressional districtEdit

Johnson won 6 of 8 congressional districts, including the Democratic held 3rd.[56]

District Johnson Feingold Representative
1st 56% 42% Paul Ryan
2nd 30% 67% Mark Pocan
3rd 49% 47% Ron Kind
4th 26% 71% Gwen Moore
5th 63% 35% Jim Sensenbrenner
6th 58% 38% Glenn Grothman
7th 57% 40% Sean Duffy
8th 59% 38% Reid Ribble
Mike Gallagher

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