GOP Sen. Ron Johnson holds narrow lead in battleground Wisconsin
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) holds narrow lead over challenger Tammy Baldwin in their struggle for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin ahead of Tuesday’s special election.
Johnson, the president pro tempore of the Senate, and his challenger have both seen their favorability ratings rise over the past month, when Quinnipiac University asked their supporters, “If the election for U.S. Senate were today, would you vote for Ron Johnson over Tammy Baldwin?”
The poll had Johnson at 47.4 percent and Baldwin at 47.2 percent.
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As previously reported, Baldwin has seen her favorability rating soar since she defeated former Rep. Mark Green in a recall election earlier this month. In the days after the vote, Rasmussen Reports’ daily Presidential Tracking Poll had her at 52.8 percent, with Johnson at 42.9 percent.
And in July, Quinnipiac University had Johnson beating Baldwin by only 11 points.
“This is clearly a race for Ron Johnson’s Senate seat and, although this is a closer race than we initially found in late July, Baldwin is pulling away,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
The poll asked voters if they would vote for Johnson on Tuesday, and Johnson received 48.3 percent of the vote while Baldwin got 46.6 percent.
Johnson is facing off against two Democratic candidates in the May 17 special election. She will face state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and challenger Mary Burke with the hope of keeping Johnson off the ballot this November.
Johnson’s GOP challenger has been endorsed by some of the nation’s top liberal groups, including the National Organization for Women, the Democratic Socialists of America, EMILY’s List and the Working Families Party.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Johnson