Russ Feingold Wins Wisconsin Primary to Take Back Senate Seat in November
Russ Feingold won the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat for Wisconsin on Tuesday, setting up a long-awaited face-off with incumbent Republican Ron Johnson in November.
The Associated Press called the open primary just after 8pm on Tuesday. Feingold defeated businessman Scott Harbach of Kenosha to make it onto the ticket.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the thousands of Wisconsinites who voted in today’s primary, and I’m proud to accept the Democratic nomination to serve the people of this state in the U.S. Senate,” Feingold said in a statement following the vote.
Feingold represented Wisconsin in the Senate for 18 years before being ousted during a 2010 Tea Party wave that elected Johnson to his seat. In 2015, however, Politico described Johnson as “one of the most vulnerable incumbents on the 2016 Senate map.”
On Tuesday, Feingold told volunteers in Racine that his campaign wants to address economic inequality in Wisconsin, where the rightwing billionaire Koch brothers have long had undue political influence.
“The fundamental issue is that the very wealthy interests…the corporations, the billionaires, the multimillionaires have taken over this country and our democracy,” Feingold said, adding that the Koch brothers have staged “an unfriendly takeover of the state of Wisconsin.”
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“We’re going to turn that around,” he said.
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