Political neophyte challenges Feingold

June 25, 2010 07:07

Republican Ron Johnson has never run for public office, but polls show him almost even with three-term incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.).

By Sean J. Miller at The Hill

A Rasmussen Reports survey had Feingold getting 46 percent of the vote while Johnson had 45. An incumbent polling under 50 percent at this point in the campaign is usually a reason for concern.

Johnson made his first trip to Washington this week to meet with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and members of the Senate Republican Conference.

“Literally, three weeks ago I was a full-time businessperson,” Johnson, a successful plastics manufacturer, told The Hill. “This is not my life’s ambition.”

Johnson had a quick rise from neophyte candidate to GOP favorite for the nomination. He announced his run less than a week before the Republican Party’s state convention last month and was the surprise winner with 64 percent. Former state Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel, who was considered the favorite, dropped out of the race after the convention and endorsed Johnson.


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