UPDATE: Feingold increases haul in Wisconsin Senate race with $2.7M

UPDATED Thursday, January 14, 2016---9:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Russ Feingold has raised another $2.7 million in Wisconsin's highly watched U.S. Senate race against incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Feingold reported Thursday that he raised that much in the last three months of 2015, besting the previous quarter by $300,000. Feingold's campaign says he has $4.8 million in the bank.

Johnson has yet to file his latest report, which is due at the end of the month. Johnson had $3.5 million cash on hand at the end of September.

Feingold officially launched his campaign in May. He is seeking to defeat Johnson in a rematch of the 2010 election where the Oshkosh Republican knocked off Feingold. The Democrat had been in office 18 years before losing to Johnson, a political newcomer.

The election is Nov. 8.

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UPDATED Thursday, October 15, 2015---9:14 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Russ Feingold raised about $1 million more than incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson during the three month period ending in September, the first full quarter where Feingold was an announced candidate.

Both Johnson and Feingold's campaigns released summaries of their detailed spending reports that were due to be filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday.

Both candidates report having roughly the same amount of cash on hand about a year before the election. The Republican Johnson says he ended September with $3.5 million, while Feingold had $3.4 million.

But Feingold raised $2.4 million between July and September, while Johnson brought in $1.4 million.

Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger says Johnson did not contribute any of his own money to the campaign over that period.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 1, 2015---9:29 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former Sen. Russ Feingold says he raised more than $2.2 million in the second quarter as he seeks a return to the Senate.

Feingold, a Democrat, says he expects to have almost $2 million in cash on hand when he files federal reports this month.

Feingold announced in May he would try to win back the seat he lost five years ago to Republican Ron Johnson.

A spokeswoman for Johnson said Wednesday his second-quarter numbers weren't yet available. He had $1.5 million cash on hand at the end of March.

The race is expected to be key for Democrats as they hope to reclaim the Senate in 2016.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 16, 2015---3:27 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Ron Johnson says he won't decide whether to take a pledge to keep third-party money out of his U.S. Senate race against Democrat Russ Feingold until more details emerge about Feingold's political action committee.

Johnson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wants to get to the bottom of reports that the Progressives United political action committee founded by Feingold spent only 5 percent of its income on federal candidates and political parties.

Feingold's campaign manager said Tuesday that it shouldn't take Johnson so long to decide if he'd take the pledge.

Johnson defeated Feingold in 2010. They're set to face each other in a 2016 rematch at the polls. The race is being closely watched nationally as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate.

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UPDATED Friday, June 5, 2015---11:17 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he intends to break the trend and become the first Republican to win election to the Senate in a presidential year in Wisconsin since 1980.

Johnson held a telephone conference call Friday in advance of his Democratic challenger Russ Feingold speaking later at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention.

Johnson defeated Feingold in 2010 and Feingold announced last month that he intended to run again next year in a rematch. Feingold held the seat for 18 years prior to losing to Johnson.

Johnson says Feingold believes he is entitled to the seat and voters already made their minds up in 2010 when they decided against re-electing him to a fourth term. Johnson says Feingold "obviously doesn't trust their judgment."

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UPDATED Friday, May 15, 2015---11:01 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says a 2016 rematch election with Democrat Russ Feingold will be close but he's optimistic that Republican grassroots campaigning will help him to victory.

The Republican told reporters at a news conference in Milwaukee on Friday that he expected Feingold would run but didn't think Feingold would announce his candidacy so soon. Feingold announced Thursday that he would challenge Johnson.

With 18 months until the election, Johnson says he plans to focus on his work in Washington and hopes the state Republican Party will help him campaign.

Johnson also says early opinion polls that show Feingold ahead are meaningless. He says it's too early to forecast how people would vote.

Johnson beat Feingold by 5 points in 2010.

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UPDATED Thursday, May 14, 2015---8:35 a.m

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Russ Feingold has decided to run for his old Senate seat in Wisconsin against Republican Ron Johnson, who defeated him in 2010.

Associated Press obtained Feingold's announcement Thursday before it was to be sent in a video message to supporters. He was widely expected to get into the race, and no other Democrat has publicly expressed interest.

The race is expected to be one of the most contentious nationwide and will be a priority for Democrats as they attempt to win back majority control of the Senate.

The 62-year-old Feingold served three terms in the Senate between 1993 and 2011. He lost by 5 points to Johnson in the 2010 midterm election.

Johnson has said he is seeking a second term.

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Update: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 --- 6:30 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is leaving his job as a special envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa without tipping his hand on his next potentially political move.

Feingold didn't talk about a possible rematch with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson during a speech Tuesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Feingold is wrapping up an 18-month diplomatic mission for the State Department next month.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1DRH0b8 ) says the only hint Feingold gave about his future political ambitions came when he thanked his assistant, Mary Irvine, whom he described as his "once, current and I hope future chief of staff."

Speaking about Africa, Feingold says progress has been made in the Great Lakes Region on neutralizing armed groups and increasing international and U.S. engagement.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Madison, Wis. -- A democratic analyst for NBC 15 says he has heard that Russ Feingold may be thinking about another U.S. Senate run.

Roger Putnam told us tonight that he talked to two sources about Feingold's future.

There's word Feingold could leave his current job at the U.S. State Department.

It would free him up to potentially challenge Republican Senator Ron Johnson in 2016.

We did hear from the State Department tonight, and officials say no formal resignation has been submitted.

For now, Feingold is keeping his planned schedule.

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