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Tammy Baldwin is top non-Feingold option
Public Policy Polling (PDF) (5/19-22, Wisconsin Democratic voters, no trendlines):
Russ Feingold(D): 70
Tammy Baldwin(D): 12
Jon Erpenbach (D): 5
Ron Kind (D): 4
Steve Kagen (D): 3
Gwen Moore (D): 2
Kathleen Falk (D): 1
Barbara Lawton (D): 1
Someone else/Not sure: 3

Tammy Baldwin (D): 30
Steve Kagen (D): 17
Ron Kind (D): 16  
Jon Erpenbach (D): 13
Gwen Moore (D): 6  
Kathleen Falk (D): 4
Barbara Lawton (D): 3
Someone else/Not sure: 12
(MoE: ±3.5%)

One thing seems pretty sure: if Russ Feingold wants to get back to the U.S. Senate, he won't have any trouble getting through the Democratic primary portion of the obstacle course. He locks down 70% of the field in one of PPP's patented kitchen-sink primaries, and that number could go higher with fewer opponents. Of course, that's mostly a name rec differential right now, as only 7% of Dems have no opinion of Feingold (he's at 86/7 among all Dems), compared with 41% no opinion of Rep. Tammy Baldwin, 63% no opinion of ex-Rep. Steve Kagen, or 57% no opinion of Rep. Ron Kind, but it's likely they'd all stand down if Feingold wanted in the race. (PPP didn't even test favorables on the lesser options: state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Rep. Gwen Moore, ex-Dane Co. Executive Kathleen Falk, and ex-Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton.)  

However, there's a lot of speculation within the Beltway right now that Feingold isn't interested in another run, so PPP also took a look at a field sans Feingold, and, somewhat surprisingly to me, finds Baldwin, one of the most progressive members of the House not just in Wisconsin but the entire country, in fairly dominant position. That may be because Kind and Kagen split more moderate voters, and a two-way between Baldwin and Kind may proceed differently, but she starts out with the pole position for now. That's thanks to 45% support among those identifying as 'very liberal' and 32% support among the 'somewhat liberal,' while still holding a 23-22-16 lead over Kagen and Kind among the 'moderate.'

Public Policy Polling (PDF) (5/12-15, Wisconsin Republican voters, no trendlines):

Tommy Thompson (R): 36
Mark Neumann (R): 22
JB Van Hollen (R): 9
Jeff Fitzgerald (R): 8
Rebecca Kleefisch (R): 7
Scott Fitzgerald (R): 5
Reince Priebus(R): 4
Someone else/Not sure: 9
(MoE: ±3.8%)

While ex-Gov. Tommy Thompson is also frontrunner on the GOP side, his path to the nomination could get much bumpier than Feingold's (presuming that Thompson runs too, which isn't a done deal yet). Thompson, who has come under pre-emptive fire from the Club for Growth in recent days over various apostasies (especially his former support for the Affordable Care Act), is at 36%, with social conservative ex-Rep. Mark Neumann, the 1998 Senate loser to Feingold and the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary loser to Scott Walker, not that far behind in a kitchen-sink primary.

PPP didn't poll a Thompson/Neumann head-to-head to see if all the votes for the lesser GOPers (AG JB Van Hollen, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, RNC chair Reince Priebus, and them ol' Fitzgerald boys, leaders of the two legislative chambers) would be evenly distributed or if they're anti-Thompson votes that would gravitate more in Neumann's direction. They did ask a simple question, though, which is pretty telling: on the question of whether Republicans want Thompson to be the nominee or not next year, 46% say Thompson and 45% say someone else, presaging a very close race if it's between Thompson and one not-Thompson (which will probably be Neumann). While moderates and 'somewhat conservatives' give Thompson the edge, 'very conservatives' prefer someone else 46-42.



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  •  If Feingold want's to run for anything (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    it seems it would be the recall election. Most of those people on the list won't run. The polling also showed Baldwin to have a level amount of support from across the Democratic spectrum. So if either Kagen or Kind don't run, some of their support would probably go to Baldwin. I would say she has the upper hand no matter what.

    19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Fri May 27, 2011 at 01:28:26 PM PDT

  •  Good to see (5+ / 0-)

    I really don't think Russ is running. And if he does, we all have to grin and bear it (yeah, I understand some people love him).

    Otherwise, I've made my support for Tammy plain.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Fri May 27, 2011 at 01:33:53 PM PDT

    •  I now want him to run (1+ / 0-)
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      TofG

      against Walker. I get the sense he wouldn't be able to screw that up. Just keep him out of the Senate primary.

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Fri May 27, 2011 at 01:35:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  More or less agree (0+ / 0-)

        Not to mention that, a year from now, a Dayton-Bernero-Quinn-Feingold-Gregg(?) Midwest Governor Combo would be quite the All-Star team.

        Too bad we can't recall Kasich. Then we could add Tim Ryan to that list as well.

        "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

        by xcave on Fri May 27, 2011 at 02:13:45 PM PDT

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    •  apparently a lot of Wisconsinites like him fine (0+ / 0-)

      given his 70% here and big leads in general election match-ups.

      "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Fri May 27, 2011 at 03:02:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  His past performance (3+ / 0-)
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        TofG, SaoMagnifico, askew

        speaks volumes IMO. He's just not very good at running for office.

        Ok, so I read the polls.

        by andgarden on Fri May 27, 2011 at 03:20:45 PM PDT

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        •  nobody who ends up in the US senate and (1+ / 0-)
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          andgarden

          is re-elected multiple times is bad, especially considering the circumstances of his first election.  He was complacent is what it was.  Same in 1998.

          "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

          by James Allen on Fri May 27, 2011 at 04:58:03 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Well, it's a relative measurement (2+ / 0-)
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            James Allen, SaoMagnifico

            When I put 1998 together with 2010 . . . frankly, I don't want to risk him again.

            Plus, I admit my bias: I want Baldwin in the Senate.

            Ok, so I read the polls.

            by andgarden on Fri May 27, 2011 at 05:05:40 PM PDT

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            •  Baldwin can't win (0+ / 0-)

              Sorry to say, but there are quite a few here in Wisconsin who aren't comfortable with 'the gay' .

              We're getting there, but she would lose. However, by the time Johnson is up for reelection, we'll be ready.

              Feingold for Senate and Barrett for Gov. is our best shot.

              RELIGION: It's what's keeping the poor from murdering the rich.

              by Sark Svemes on Mon May 30, 2011 at 08:27:00 PM PDT

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              •  There is empirical evidence (0+ / 0-)

                that she can in fact win. You are using broad, personal generalizations. Obviously Wisconsin is ready to elect the gaaayyy.

                19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

                by ndrwmls10 on Mon May 30, 2011 at 08:49:45 PM PDT

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                •  Spend much time up north with folks here? (0+ / 0-)

                  I do. Every year. I talk to everybody I can. Every year, I find more people becoming more tolerant.

                  Like I said, we're getting there.

                  Unless Madison can outvote the rest of the state, I'm still going with Tammy for senate to replace Johnson.

                  Besides, we need every Democrat we can get in the House right now.

                  We'll just have to wait for Feingold to make up his mind.

                  RELIGION: It's what's keeping the poor from murdering the rich.

                  by Sark Svemes on Mon May 30, 2011 at 10:22:26 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

      •  That's just among Democrats, though. (0+ / 0-)

        Democrats who probably don't even know the other candidates.

        Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

        by Bush Bites on Mon May 30, 2011 at 06:51:13 PM PDT

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  •  Name rec differential (5+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't that also come into the equation in the numbers without Feingold?

  •  I do not think Feingold is running (1+ / 0-)
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    TofG

    I would agree with the Beltway speculation that Feingold is not running as he is enjoying his time in academia.  
    While the Tammy numbers seem great, I would have been nice to get some head on numbers Tammy vs Ron, just to see if Kind and Kagen split the moderate vote.

    All Wisconsin, All the Time, Social Democrat, WI-05 (Home), Oxford East (Study Abroad), NY-22 (College)

    by glame on Fri May 27, 2011 at 02:18:47 PM PDT

    •  Kagen wasn't really all that moderate (2+ / 0-)
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      if I remember correctly

      "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

      by xcave on Fri May 27, 2011 at 03:10:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  rethink your election schema (0+ / 0-)

      in a scenario where Russ Feingold declines to run aqain leaving the Dem field wide open, if you are a fan of a Tammy Baldwin candidacy you do want Kagen and Kind to run.  And any other non-Dane County based Dem you can flush out of the woods.  

      Turnout in Dane County is going to be huge despite the Republicans deliberately attempting to gum up Wisconsin elections.  If Tammy is the only Dane County based politician running for Senate (i.e.: no Kathleen Falk, no Jon Erpenbach, no Mark Miller in the race) Dane County will be a treasure trove of Baldwin votes.

      In the above senario, Baldwin benefits from out state Dems splitting that vote in as many directions as possible.

      I think Baldwin is better off facing a primary of

      Baldwin v. Kind v. Kagen

      than either

      Baldwin v. Kind or Baldwin v. Kagen

      The vote will be more along geographical lines than ideological lines in 2012 is what i am suggesting.  Ron Kind has not been very pro union,  I can't believe that just because he is moderate the union vote will fall to him in the primary.  Kagen it might, Baldwin it might.  Kind, I hope not.

      "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

      by walja on Fri May 27, 2011 at 10:22:57 PM PDT

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  •  Thompson actually has a decent path to victory (1+ / 0-)
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    in the primary here. Of the non-Thompson candidates, right now I see Neumann and one of the Fitzgaralds running, which could lead to Thompson winning 40% in a split field.

    Also, I feel that the result of the republican primary may be somewhat related to the result of the recall election, if that happens first.

    •  Indeed, Thompson could pull a Dan Coats (1+ / 0-)
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      In fact, I suspect if the primary winds up anything more than a one-on-one, Thompson will prevail. Of course, I happen to think he's actually weaker than Van Hollen in a general election, so that hardly warrants a sign of relief for the GOP. As for the Dems, I think if Feingold passes and two or three high-profile folks run, it'll basically be a jump ball. Fascinating, btw, that Congresswoman Moore fares so poorly; must mean she isn't coalescing the black vote in the faintest.

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      by andyroo312 on Fri May 27, 2011 at 02:40:58 PM PDT

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  •  The Senate Seat Is Feingold's (1+ / 0-)
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    James Allen

    is he wants it.  He just has to stop with all the sanctimonius junk about not wanting outside help for his campaign.

  •  Feingold need to run for senate (1+ / 0-)
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    James Allen

    Keep Baldwin and Kind in the house.  Plus he's by far the strongest in the general.  I'm not sure Baldwin could beat Thompson.

    •  Baldwin can beat Thompson (4+ / 0-)

      "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

      by xcave on Fri May 27, 2011 at 03:08:18 PM PDT

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      •  In Dane County and Milwaukee, but not (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Sark Svemes

        anywhere else.  And because of that Thompson would win easily against Baldwin.  

        Remember that the rest of WI thinks Madison is "60 square miles surrounded by reality."

        "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

        by Pierro Sraffa on Mon May 30, 2011 at 06:38:41 PM PDT

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        •  Have you not seen the polling? (0+ / 0-)

          She beats all other Republicans and is in a statistical tie with Thompson. So no, your wrong.

          19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

          by ndrwmls10 on Mon May 30, 2011 at 06:42:13 PM PDT

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          •  Right. Because the good folks of Marathon (1+ / 0-)
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            Sark Svemes

            City (nearly all Catholics) are going to be A-Okay with Baldwin's lesbianism and all of her outside of the state funding.  

            Now multiple that by hundreds of similar locales in WI.

            If Thompson runs and cranks up his old political machine and its allies, he walks to victory by +5%.  Ask Ed Garvey how much fun it is to run against Gov. Thompson.  He'll paint Baldwin as an out of touch Madison liberal and she'll be playing defense the whole campaign.

            If she runs and beats Thompson I'll send you $50, or you can drive to GB and pick it up.

            "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

            by Pierro Sraffa on Mon May 30, 2011 at 06:54:00 PM PDT

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            •  It doesn't even matter, because I don't (0+ / 0-)

              believe Thompson will run. Guess what! If he did, he'd probably loose in a primary.

              19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

              by ndrwmls10 on Mon May 30, 2011 at 07:02:56 PM PDT

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        •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

          I agree that Baldwin might struggle in some outstate areas, but the idea that Democratic votes come solely from Madison and Milwaukee is a tired old trope.

          Look at the results map from the Prosser vs. Kloppenburg race.

          Plenty of support for a progressive in the rural and western part of the state.

    •  Despite having little name rec (4+ / 0-)

      Baldwin already tied Thompson in PPP's general election part of this poll.

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      by David Nir on Fri May 27, 2011 at 08:12:34 PM PDT

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  •  TBH I'd like Kagen in that senate seat (0+ / 0-)

    and Kind as governor, but I'm gonna let the people of Wisconsin pick their own Dem nominee.  I'm on Feingold's mailing list but am staying out of this.

    In any case, I expect Kagen to run for something.  I've heard his campaign team is waiting for the call.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Fri May 27, 2011 at 03:05:24 PM PDT

  •  I dont think Thompson is running (1+ / 0-)
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    andyroo312

    I think every day that goes by with no news from his campaign, suggests he is not likely to run.

  •  Jon Erpenbach (1+ / 0-)
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    ndrwmls10

    I'm intrigued that Jon Erpenbach ends up #3 in the poll-with-Feingold, but then gains the least, relatively, when Feingold is taken out of the equation. Why do you think this is?

    Having never heard of Erpenbach (not particularly familiar with WI politics), I made a random guess that maybe he is a conservadem, who would not draw as many Feingold supporters, but a look at his interest group ratings and his bio suggests he is nothing of the sort. He sounds quite cool actually, I like his professional experience too. ;-)

  •  Kelda Roys considering running (for Congress) (2+ / 0-)
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    ndrwmls10, James Allen

    Rep Roys, who is only 31 is considering running for Congress if Baldwin runs for Senate:
    http://www.rollcall.com/...

    While I think it is more likely Erpenbach runs for Congress and Roys runs for his State Senate seat, with her age I believe she would be the youngest Democrat in Congress (or at least one of the youngest).  
    No matter what, if Baldwin runs, it would set in stage a huge series of primaries and special elections in the Madison area. Plus Senator Risser (who I believe is in his 80s)  could retire and set off another series of elections.

    All Wisconsin, All the Time, Social Democrat, WI-05 (Home), Oxford East (Study Abroad), NY-22 (College)

    by glame on Fri May 27, 2011 at 04:07:17 PM PDT

    •  Marko Liias in WA-01... (0+ / 0-)

      Appears set to become the youngest member of Congress if he runs to succeed Rep. Inslee, unless redistricting dramatically changes that seat or a stronger Democrat emerges.

      Liias is 29.

      Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Fri May 27, 2011 at 07:34:01 PM PDT

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      •  Roys looks a lot younger, though (1+ / 0-)
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        She could almost pass for a college student.

        •  Much younger. (0+ / 0-)

          19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

          by ndrwmls10 on Fri May 27, 2011 at 08:53:31 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Sadly, that may work against her (0+ / 0-)

          The fact that Liiiiiiiiiiiiiias looks about ten years older than he is will probably help him in a campaign.

          Then again, Roys is fresh-faced and that may appeal to the younger set in Madison (which is a very young city, of course!).

          Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

          by SaoMagnifico on Fri May 27, 2011 at 08:58:52 PM PDT

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          •  Fun fact (0+ / 0-)

            The median age in Madison is 31, which is exactly how old Roys is right now. So if she gets elected in 2012, she'll be older than the median citizen of the largest city in her district (but not the district as a whole).

            I like Roys, but unless we we get drawn into Paul Ryan's district (which is a possibility in a court drawn map), I'd probably vote for Erpenbach in the Primary.

            •  Wait, there's actually a possibility . . . (0+ / 0-)

              . . . that Beloit could get drawn into the 1st district?

              28, chick, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01.

              by The Caped Composer on Fri May 27, 2011 at 11:31:34 PM PDT

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              •  Why not? (0+ / 0-)

                It's pretty close to the 1st as things stand.

                21, male, RI-01 (voting)/IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

                by sapelcovits on Fri May 27, 2011 at 11:42:11 PM PDT

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                •  Well, I guess if the GOP is disenfranchising . . . (0+ / 0-)

                  . . . all the college students, then Beloit wouldn't tilt the 1st toward the Democrats. It's just that it's a college town, so it seems like a better fit for the 2nd.

                  28, chick, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01.

                  by The Caped Composer on Sat May 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 AM PDT

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                  •  Beloit is democratic outside the college (2+ / 0-)
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                    The college is really only one ward out of 24, and the rest of the city votes democratic most of the time, too (although a couple of wards are close to even). The student population is something like 1,300 and a fair number of those are foreign students and some of the domestic students vote at home. The population of the city is about 30K, so the description of Beloit as a "college town" is somewhat misleading. The thing is the college votes nearly monolithically democratic (like, upwards of 90%), so the voter ID bill, if it's upheld, is a net swing of 500-800 votes towards the republicans in a presidential year.

                    I don't think there's a snowball's chance in hell Beloit gets put in Paul Ryan's district if Republicans control redistricting. If it gets thrown to the courts, I'd still probably vote against Beloit getting put in the first (the town is democratic even without the students), but it's within the realm of possibility.

  •  Both Kagen and Kind running (0+ / 0-)

    would give Baldwin a shot at the seat, but only getting 30% now means Kagen or Kind would win straight up.  A strong candidate from the 3rd, 8th or 7th (or 6th) is the most likely road to winning this seat, or any Federal race.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

    by tommypaine on Fri May 27, 2011 at 06:06:28 PM PDT

    •  I don't think that's true. (1+ / 0-)
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      It won't take both Kagen and Kind to run, for her to have a shot. If Kagen doesn't run, a good portion of his support will go to Baldwin. As will Falk's, Erpenbach's, and Moore's support. Which will put her over 50%. Honestly I think she has this in the bag if she runs.

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Fri May 27, 2011 at 06:13:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  She only has 30% now (0+ / 0-)

        while having a more fervent fan base and being much more high profile than other Congressmembers.  She's near her ceiling.  Being from Madison is not a positive.

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

        by tommypaine on Fri May 27, 2011 at 06:42:47 PM PDT

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        •  Did you read Tom's analysis (2+ / 0-)
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          xcave, itskevin

          she has broad appeal from all factions of the Democratic party. I really don't get were you are getting your information. She has not reached her "ceiling".

          19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

          by ndrwmls10 on Fri May 27, 2011 at 06:46:25 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  She LEADS among moderates (2+ / 0-)
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          itskevin, ndrwmls10

          "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

          by xcave on Fri May 27, 2011 at 07:00:06 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Obviously (0+ / 0-)

            as I said, she's much better known!  C'mon, this isn't rocket science.  She's well liked, she's better known... that doesn't mean she has any edge at all over someone unknown now who is likely to be just as well liked.

            http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/21516/201/804/660248

            by tommypaine on Fri May 27, 2011 at 08:54:54 PM PDT

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    •  I think you're underestimating (3+ / 0-)

      the amount of mainline democratic support Tammy has. She's liberal, but she's no Dennis Kucinich. 30% at this point in a primary, especially when you're basically polling every democratic name worth mentioning in state politics, is pretty darn good. There's pretty much no way Erpenbach or Gwen Moore run for Senate, and most of their support would probably go to Baldwin. Throw in Kathleen Falk's supporters, and you're up to 53% of the vote.

      If Tammy gets a one-on-one primary with Kagan or Kind, it will be sporting. If Kagan, Kind, and Tammy all run, Tammy will CRUSH.

    •  The primary is still very unsettled. (1+ / 0-)
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      ndrwmls10

      The percentages will shift dramatically depending on how many candidates we have.

      Should Feingold not run, I think Congresswoman Baldwin will be the nominee, and I think she will enjoy wide support among the state's Democratic voters.  

      I've had the great pleasure of meeting Tammy Baldwin.  Don't sell her short.  She is luminous.  

  •  Wisconsin. (0+ / 0-)

     I almost went to school in Madison instead of here in Georgia. I wonder what it would have been like to be at ground zero of the 2010 debacle, Walker union-busting protests, recall petitions, Baldwin for Senate campaign, recall elections.
        Oh, what could have been!

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    by redrelic17 on Fri May 27, 2011 at 06:07:33 PM PDT

  •  I'd like to see (0+ / 0-)

    Baldwin run for Senate...Feingold should run in the recall for Gov so Walker can be well and truly trounced and that sets him up nicely to run for Pres in 16

  •  Wisconsinites: Would you rather...? (1+ / 0-)
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    MikePhoenix

    Have Russ Feingold as your next Senator or next Governor?

  •  My home state of Wisconsin (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MikePhoenix

    I know it has been awhile since I lived in Wisconsin (Janesville raised!), but I do have a few observations to make.  

    By how the polls look now, Feingold can take any position he wants in the state. It appears the people are having some major buyer's remorse and desperately want to pretend the 2010 election never happened.  

    How a self-proclaimed progressive can hate on Feingold, I do not understand.  One of the biggest supporters of progressive causes who stands by what he preaches more often than any other elected official.  Sure, you may not agree 100% with what he does and how he does it, but you will not find that in any candidate.

    Although I think Tammy Baldwin is great, I just do not think she can win especially if Thompson decides to run.

    Unless something major happens between now and election day, Feingold seems to be a shoe-in.  I wish we had such a great option in other states.

    Russ Feingold is a force to be reckoned with

    by HoosierLiberal on Mon May 30, 2011 at 06:54:25 PM PDT

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      again. Baldwin is electable, the polling proves that.

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Mon May 30, 2011 at 07:07:12 PM PDT

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      he's a purist (he voted against wall street reform.  this meant we had to water it down so another GOPer would support it). this hurt the progressive cause.

      he wouldn't take outside money.  i think he could have held on last year. this hurt the progressive cause.

      enough said

      18, D, CA-14 (home) CA-09 (college next year). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. Put your age and CD here :) -.5.38, -3.23

      by jncca on Mon May 30, 2011 at 08:27:59 PM PDT

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        Feingold any day of the week.  

        One of the most harsh and condemning points about the United States is that Feingold is not electable in very many of the 50 states.  

        I agree with other writers here that there is significant buyers' remorse in several states, including Wisconsin, and that if Feingold wants to return to the Senate, his odds are very encouraging.

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