Wisconsin Senate race

GOP Gears Up for Primary in Wisconsin Senate Race
Candidates already battling over conservative bona fides

Donald Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Janesville, Wis., in March 2016 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Republican primary is officially underway in the Wisconsin Senate race, with candidates facing off over who should take on Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year.

President Donald Trump won the Badger State by less than one point in November, the first time a Republican presidential nominee had won Wisconsin in more than 30 years. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson also ran 2 points ahead of Trump in winning a second term.

Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy Will Forgo Senate Bid
Other potential candidates had been waiting on congressman’s decision

Rep. Sean Duffy announced he’s passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 9:35 a.m. Feb. 16 with Duffy announcement

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy announced Thursday he will pass on a run for Senate in 2018.

Right Wing Group Attempts to Draft Sheriff Clarke in Wisconsin
Another draft-Clarke group attacked Baldwin for her sexuality

A pro-President Donald Trump group is trying to draft Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to run against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An outside group is trying to draft Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

In an email to supporters, the Committee to Defend the President, said it was trying to solicit 100,000 signatures within 48 hours to convince Clarke to run.

Republicans Target Baldwin on Gorsuch
Comes as Democratic senator in state Trump won opposes Supreme Court pick

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., is facing criticism from Republicans for opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans are targeting Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., for her opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Baldwin, who is up for re-election in 2018, has said she would oppose Gorsuch’s nomination, but said she would meet with him, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Republicans in Tight Races Hit Opponents on Clinton Emails
GOP candidates try to turn tables on Democrats and their presidential nominee

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte released an ad tying her Democratic opponent, Gov. Maggie Hassan, to the Hillary Clinton email scandal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just days after Democrats were tying Republican candidates to Donald Trump’s hot mic moment, Republicans in contested races are seizing FBI Director James B. Comey’s revelation about possible new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email investigation to attack their Democratic opponents.

Comey announced last Friday the discovery of emails pertaining to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. He has since been pummeled by Democrats, concerned that his unusual move could influence the election.

Wisconsin Senate Race Getting Nasty
Johnson calls Feingold a phony, Feingold says Johnson's getting desperate

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said he didn’t respect his Democratic opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, because “I don’t respect phoniness.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The race between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold in Wisconsin is becoming increasingly personal as the race comes to a close.

In a radio interview Tuesday, Johnson, who unseated Feingold in 2010, repeated his view that he did not respect Feingold.

Poll: Wisconsin Senate Race Tightens
Johnson now within the margin of error

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is gaining on former Sen. Russ Feingold, whom he unseated in 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows the Wisconsin Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold tightening.

The Marquette University Law School poll found 46 percent of likely voters supporting Feingold while 44 percent backed Johnson. In September, the same poll showed Feingold with a 5-point lead.

Super PAC Hits Feingold on Partial-Birth Abortion
Says he voted for it eight times while he was in the Senate

Former Sen. Russ Feingold's campaign said opponent Sen. Ron Johnson is "hiding behind super PACs and dark money groups to do his dirty work for him." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC is attacking former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold for his past votes on partial birth abortion.

The TV ad, which the Reform Wisconsin Fund spent $365,000 to make, shows a newborn child and describes in graphic detail how partial birth abortion works before saying Feingold voted in support of the practice eight times.

Democrats No Longer Divided Over Social Security
Expansion, not cuts, has been the theme in Washington and on campaign trail

More Democrats are coming around to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thinking on Social Security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While there was a split among moderate and liberal Democrats on Social Security, expanding the program rather than cutting it is becoming the party line on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Linda T. Sánchez, Mark Pocan, and Michael M. Honda announced legislation to expand Social Security.

Poll: Feingold's Lead Over Incumbent Johnson Shrinks in Wisconsin
Clinton also holding on to a diminishing lead over Trump

Former Sen. Russ Feingold has a better favorable rating than Sen. Ron Johnson, whom he faces in a rematch in Wisconsin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold has a slight edge over Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson, a new Marquette University poll shows.

Feingold held a 4-point lead in the poll, 46 percent to 42 percent, but the advantage is within the poll's 4.5 percent margin of error.