It doesn’t look like it’ll even be close.
As the Republican wave spreads across the country, it’s time to say goodbye to one of the big-name progressive champions of the past 18 years: Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), champion of campaign finance reform and longtime opponent of the Patriot Act, has gone down in defeat against Republican businessman Ron Johnson. It marks the first time since 1986 that Republicans have won a Senate race here.
With 30% of precincts reporting, Johnson leads by 57%-42%, and has been projected as the winner by NBC News and Fox News.
I doubt this is the last we’ll hear from Feingold, but, as mentioned, this is a big blow for progressive everywhere.
Also, I think this signals that Wisconsin is definitely not a sure thing for Dems come 2012.