Senate Race: Feingold's Tenure Ends after 18 Years
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MIDDLETON - Democratic Incumbent Russ Feingold's seat will be sliding to the Republican side of the U.S. Senate.
Feingold conceded the U.S. Senate race to Republican Ron Johnson.
"It's on to 2012," said Feingold in his concession speech. "It's on to our next adventure forward!"
Turnout was the name of the game for Feingold if he was to have a shot at keeping the job he's held for 18 years.
Feingold voted this morning in Middleton.
This is his home turn, and he's going to need to perform very well in Dane County.
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Democrats tell me they are pleased so far with turnout on college campuses.
Feingold has been trailing in the polls for months.
An average of the most recent polls show him down more than 7 points. Still the campaign was cautiously optimistic.
"Most of the predictions are that the prediction is going to be that the turnout is going to be pretty high," said Feingold. "So that's good for us."
Feingold has tried to convince voters he is an independent voice in the Senate.
He points to votes against the bank bailout, and the war in Iraq.
Still, it's his vote in favor of the health care bill that's gotten the most attention.
His opponent has slammed him for it.
Feingold's campaign admits it'll be tough to hold off what could be a Republican wave.