Johnson knocks off Feingold in massive upset
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGraham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents Partisan headwinds threaten Capitol riot commission Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director MORE (R-Wis.) is projected to defeat Democrat Russ Feingold, a massive upset that provides a huge boost for GOP chances to keep the Senate majority.
Feingold was heavily favored to beat Johnson in a rematch of the 2010 race that swept Feingold out of Washington.
Feingold, a former three-term senator, tied Johnson to the billionaire mega-donors Charles and David Koch and attacked him for supporting GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE. He also attacked Johnson on healthcare, trade and the economy.
Johnson countered by framing Feingold as a career politician, calling him ineffective and too liberal. And he raised questions about the PAC Feingold set up after leaving office in 2011.
Feingold led nearly every poll throughout the campaign. But Johnson surged to within a few points in the final weeks of the race — drawing outside groups and national surrogates into the state.
Vice President Biden, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill NFL's Justin Jackson praises Sanders for opposing Biden's USDA nominee MORE (I-Vt.) and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week MORE all came to Wisconsin in the final week of the race, campaigning for Feingold and presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE.
Home-state conservatives like Gov. Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Bottom line MORE hit the trail for Johnson, who also rallied with Trump late in October.
Feingold served three terms in the Senate before his 5-point loss to Johnson six years ago during the Tea Party wave. 
His decision to seek the seat was seen as a major boon for Democrats, who considered the state a must-win in their fight to win back the Senate majority. Democrats entered Tuesday needing to flip five seats — or four if they keep the White House — to win back control of the chamber.
Johnson, a businessman who made a fortune in plastics manufacturing, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He said during the campaign that he would not seek a third term in 2022 if he retained his seat.