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Poll: Feingold-Johnson race closer

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Candidates for U.S. Senate Russ Feingold (D), left, and Ron Johnson (R). (courtesy of FOX 11).
Candidates for U.S. Senate Russ Feingold (D), left, and Ron Johnson (R). (courtesy of FOX 11).

UNDATED (WSAU) There’s new evidence that Wisconsin’s U-S Senate race is tightening up.

A poll from Saint Norbert College and Wisconsin Public Radio shows that incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold and challenger Ron Johnson are in a statistical dead heat. Johnson has a 49-to-47-percent edge, but it’s within the poll’s 5-percent margin of error – which makes the race a toss-up.

Several recent polls had the Republican Johnson in the lead. But Feingold says his recent internal polls have him even with the Oshkosh businessman among likely voters. The Saint Norbert poll questioned 400 likely voters between last Tuesday and Friday.

Sara Sendek of the Johnson camp says they’re more concerned about what they hear from voters than what the polls say – and the voters like his message. John Kraus of the Feingold camp says they’re gaining momentum because voters are dissatisfied with Johnson’s lack of answers and accountability on the issues. But with 13 days until the election, 90-percent of Senate voters say their choices are locked in – and they’re unlikely to change their minds on who they’ll vote for.

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