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United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2016

United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2016

November 8, 2016

Party Republican Democratic

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Ron Johnson

The 2016 United States Senate election in Wisconsin will take place on 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.

Incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]


Incumbent Democratic Senator Russ Feingold ran for re-election to a fourth term in 2010 but was defeated by Republican nominee Ron Johnson.[2] Feingold hinted that he might seek a re-match with Johnson.

In March 2013, Johnson announced that he was running for re-election and had begun fundraising. He had just $1,529 in his campaign account but he raised $16.1 million for the 2010 election, over half of which came from his personal fortune.[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]

After the Republicans took control of the Senate following the 2014 Senate elections, the election in Wisconsin is seen by many as a top target for the Democrats, who hope to regain their majority.[5][6][7][8][9] Politico has pointed to Johnson's "worrisome" favorability ratings as one of the main reasons for his vulnerability.[8] A March 2014 Marquette University Law School poll found that just 29% of voters had a favorable opinion of him.[10]

On May 14, 2015, Feingold announced he would run.[11]

Republican primary




Democratic primary





General election


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Johnson (R)
Feingold (D)
Other/Neither Undecided
Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert October 14-17, 2015 603 ± 4.0% 40% 51% 2% 7%
Marquette University September 24-28, 2015 803 ± 4.1% 36% 50% 6.5% 7.5%
Marquette University August 13-16, 2015 802 ± 3.5% 42% 47% 12%
Marquette University April 7–10, 2015 803 ± 3.5% 38% 54% 9%
Public Policy Polling March 6–8, 2015 1,071 ± 3% 41% 50% 9%
Public Policy Polling April 17–20, 2014 1,144 ± 2.9% 41% 47% 12%
Public Policy Polling September 13–16, 2013 1,180 ± 2.9% 42% 49% 9%
Public Policy Polling February 21–24, 2013 807 ± 2.3% 42% 52% 6%


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External links

Official campaign websites
  • Ron Johnson for Senate
  • Russ Feingold for Senate
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