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Political Wire

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Democrat Russ Feingold has decided he will not be a candidate for political office next year, taking himself out of the running in 2012 for either U.S. senator or for governor in the event Democrats force a recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

In an email going out to supporters early Friday morning, Feingold called it a difficult decision but said he wanted to devote his time to teaching full time at Marquette Law School, finishing the book he is writing on the U.S. response to the Sept. 11 attacks and leading the political committee he founded, Progressives United.

Hello? Russ?
If I promise to donate to your committee and buy your book when it is published, will you help save America from Scott Walker or whatever dweeb the Republicans will attempt to send to the Senate?

This is very disappointing.

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Feingold did the best among the four Democrats in that group in head-to-head matchups with Republicans, running ahead of Neumann and essentially even (48% to 47%) against Thompson. The survey of 830 Wisconsin voters was taken Aug. 12-14, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

"Republicans have a genuine pick-up opportunity here. As the recall elections showed, this is a very closely divided state right now," said PPP pollster Dean Debnam.

No kidding the GOP has a genuine pickup opportunity here.

In my diary yesterday I asked Kossacks who they would like to see run for President in 2012 if Obama decided not to run. Feingold got a lot of votes. It appears that's truly a pipe dream.

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