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The Hill: Poll Shows Tommy Thompson Leading Feingold in Senate Match-up

He keeps telling anyone who will put a mic in front of him that he has one campaign left in him.  Will this poll — by WPRI and UW-Madison’s Ken Goldstein — be enough to spark that campaign?

Only Tommy Thompson knows that answer.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) won’t be on anybody’s target list unless things get pretty bad for Democrats, but a new poll shows the right candidate could at least have a shot at beating him.

The poll, which was conducted by University of Wisconsin professor Ken Goldstein for the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, shows former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) leading Feingold 43-39 in a head-to-head matchup. Thompson hasn’t shown interest in running against Feingold, though, and his inclusion in the poll represents something of a best-case-scenario for Republicans.

In contrast, Feingold polled double-digit leads over Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and former Rep. Mark Green (R-Wis.) in June.

Feingold has never taken more than 55 percent of the vote in three races, but he’s not generally thought of as a top potential target. Now that Republicans have apparently landed Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) to run in that state, perhaps they will try to get candidates in races against Feingold and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).

And since it’s been brought up in a recent Dan Bice column, yeah I’ll put myself in that  list of conservative bloggers who’ve said things about Tommy Thompson.  Most of them have been about polls like this, which highlight Thompson being a strong candidate for one of Wisconsin’s two Senate seats and then when asked about running, he hems and haws about possibly doing it, mentions other candidates and then does nothing.

Frankly, I’m sick of the political dick tease from the man; and pollsters need to stop giving him the ammo to do this to Wisconsin Republicans every two years unless for once, he’s finally serious about running.

ADDENDUM: That being said, if he does run this time, “Good I say.”  This is one time I’d like to be wrong about Tommy Thompson and would gladly eat crow over.

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