Wisconsin rematch is one of eight races that will determine Senate control, today usa news Wisconsin rematch is one of eight races that will determine Senate control. WASHINGTON — Democrats’ fight to snatch control of the Senate from Republicans could come down to whether Russ Feingold is the first defeated senator to win a rematch in more than 80 years.
The Wisconsin Democrat is trying to take back the Senate seat he held for 18 years from Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who beat Feingold by 5 percentage points in 2010. The last time a defeated senator won a rematch was in 1934, according to the U.S. Senate Historical Office.
Feingold has been leading in most polls, but the race is tightening and political action committees from both sides are pouring millions of dollars into the state in the final days leading up to Tuesday’s election.
The Wisconsin race and the contest in neighboring Illinois are considered Democrats’ best chances to beat incumbent Republican senators, according to the non-partisan Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report.
The Wisconsin race is the only competitive contest that is a rematch.
In the last 100 years, only one defeated senator beat the man who had beaten him to win back his seat, the Senate Historical Office’s data shows. Democratic Sen. Peter Gerry of Rhode Island lost to Republican Felix Hebert in 1928 but defeated Hebert in a rematch in 1934.
Feingold is well-positioned to become the second rematch winner, Burden said.
“I think Feingold has the advantage because Hillary Clinton is still likely to win the state, no Republican has won the Senate race in Wisconsin in a presidential year since 1980, and he’s slightly better known and slightly better liked than Johnson,” he said. source is http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/11/03/wisconsin-rematch-one-eight-races-determine-senate-control/93111368/