Republican Ron Johnson now leads incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold by 12 points in Wisconsin’s race for the U.S. Senate.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Johnson picking up 54% support, while Feingold, who is running for his fourth term in the Senate, gets 42% of the vote with leaners included. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The latest numbers move this race to Leans Republican from a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Balance of Power rankings.
Two weeks ago, Johnson held a 51% to 44% lead including leaners just after his decisive win in the GOP primary. The latest numbers signal a continuing deterioration in Feingold’s support after it held steady at 46% in surveys from May through August. Support for Johnson ranged from 44% to 48% in the same period but has been just as gradually increasing in recent weeks
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on September 29, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.