Reform Wisconsin Fund announced a $628,000 ad buy Tuesday that blasts Feingold for supporting President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. Donald Trump made his case Tuesday while vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine did everything he could to keep Wisconsin blue. And on Monday, Hillary Clinton's campaign started airing its first ads in the state, created to aid Feingold and other Democrats on the ballot.
Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who introduced Kaine, said she'd like to see Clinton "shatter" the glass ceiling "forever". One is tailored to the northern Wisconsin congressional district of Republican Rep. Sean Duffy and the other features a mother whose son died of a heroin overdose criticizing Feingold. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks with reporters in Green Bay, Wis. Hillary Clinton could face impeachment if she is elected president because her use of a private email server as secretary of state broke the law, Johnson contends.
Feingold was to campaign Wednesday night with Vermont Sen.
After months of trying to keep his distance from Trump, Johnson on Tuesday appeared at a Trump rally in an apparent bid to win the backing of pro-Trump voters.
What should be concerning to Feingold is that the latest spate of polls show Johnson performing more like his GOP Senate incumbent peers - that is, outperforming the top of his ticket by an appreciable margin - and starting to build an advantage among independents.
"Donald Trump is not a person who can look at a woman and see an equal", he said.
"Do you want a senator backed up by the Koch brothers and all these groups. or do you want a senator who's always stood with middle income working families?"
Feingold campaign manager Tom Russell says they always thought the race would be close.
In 2012, Wisconsin had not only the presidential race and a U.S. Senate race, but also a recall election for Walker earlier in the summer.
The blitz came as Johnson and his backers pointed optimistically to a new poll showing the race to be a dead heat.
Johnson, a businessman who helped build a plastics manufacturing company and ran his first race for office in 2010 against Feingold, is the real outsider, said Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger.
Johnson, a Donald Trump supporter, characterized Clinton's actions as "willful concealment and destruction" in an interview with a local Wisconsin newspaper, the Beloit Daily News. The total amounts spent in the waning days of the race haven't been fully reported yet.
Both candidates will benefit from ads funded by outside groups, and each side says the sudden flow of cash is a sign the other is flailing.