Copy-The Latest: Feingold campaign says late spending not enough
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Wisconsin's Senate race (all times local):
Democrat Russ Feingold's campaign manager says in a new memo that a rash of outsider spending for Sen. Ron Johnson won't be enough to help the Republican incumbent win.
Tom Russell says in the memo released Tuesday that strong early voting totals, polling consistently showing Feingold ahead and strong grassroots fundraising all point toward a Feingold victory next week.
Powerful conservative super PACs are spending millions in the final days of the race to help Johnson. That includes one funded by mega-donor Diane Hendricks and another backed by the Koch Brothers.
Russell says Johnson's "corporate backers are panicking and hoping another few million dollars will fix the problem." Russell says Johnson has "failed to make a bipartisan, commonsense case for another six years in Washington."
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine are both campaigning in Wisconsin.
Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold plans to appear on Tuesday with Kaine at Lawrence University in Appleton. Kaine is also holding a rally in Madison.
Trump was headed to Eau Claire for an evening rally. Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has not said if he would attend the rally. He supports Trump but has yet to campaign with him.
Gov. Scott Walker does plan to attend the Trump rally, while House Speaker Paul Ryan will be out of state campaigning for other House Republicans.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is teaming up with U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in a new television ad targeted to his northern Wisconsin congressional district.
The ad released Tuesday shows the former lumberjack Duffy chopping down a tree with the narrator saying both he and Johnson are "hardworking outsiders who tell it like it is."
At the end, Johnson is shown wearing the same red plaid shirt Duffy had on while chopping the tree. They appear to be standing in a bar.
In another Johnson spot released Thursday, Lauri Badura recounts her son's overdose death and defends Johnson's work on fighting opioid abuse. She says Johnson's Democratic challenger Russ Feingold was wrong to say that he's doing nothing on the issue.
A national group backed by the conservative billionaire Koch Brothers is making a late push to help Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
Americans for Prosperity's Wisconsin chapter announced Tuesday it was launching a nearly $1 million television ad buy in Wisconsin with just a week to go before the election. The ad buy comes after Democratic and Republican PACs announced they were each pouring $2 million in the race. Republicans say they see Johnson's race against Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold tightening. Feingold has consistently led in public polls.
The Americans for Prosperity ad attacks Feingold over his vote in support of President Barack Obama's federal health care law. It includes clips of Feingold, Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talking about the Affordable Care Act.
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