- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Senate hopeful Russ Feingold raised $4.1 million in the second quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Feingold, a Democrat, faces incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in a rematch of their 2010 race, which saw Johnson unseat the 18-year Senate veteran. It’s one of the most closely watched Senate races this year, with Democrats hoping typically strong turnout in a presidential year will put Feingold over the top.

Feingold’s campaign said more than 37,000 people in Wisconsin have contributed since he announced his candidacy. Contributions have come from each of the state’s 72 counties and 96 percent of the donations were $100 or less.

“Middle class and working families from across the state of Wisconsin have pitched in to build a campaign that fights for them - not just the wealthy and corporate interests,” Feingold said in a news release.

Feingold raised $10.8 million in contributions and loans from April 1, 2015, through March 31 - the end of the first quarter of 2016, according to Federal Elections Commission filings.

Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger declined comment when asked Wednesday for Johnson’s second-quarter numbers and for reaction to Feingold’s figures. The FEC filing deadline for the second quarter is July 15, still more than a week away.

Past FEC filings show Johnson raised $8.4 million in contributions and loans from Jan. 1, 2015, through the end of the first quarter of 2016.

A Marquette University poll in June showed Feingold was ahead by 4 percentage points, and among likely voters, his lead increased from 3 points in March to 9 points.

The general election is Nov. 8.

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